Shorter Steve King: “We are losing our ability to force women to give birth”

No, that’s not exactly what Representative Steve King said last night when he made the faulty statement that following the recommendations of the IOM to cover birth control in all new health insurance plans will bring the end of civilization, but he might as well have.

In his own words,

They’ve called it preventative medicine. Preventative medicine. Well if you applied that preventative medicine universally what you end up with is you’ve prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not— that’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.

Birth control and access to other types of family planning does not lead to less births, it leads to less unwanted births, impractical births and births that cost the state millions of dollars. What King is really trying to say is that women having so many options to determine when they want to have children will bring the end of society, because we can’t force them to be held captive and breed. We as women can decide when it is appropriate for us to have children–what a threat to have an educated populous with access to reproductive health technology, leading them to happier more self determined lives!

Essentially, Steve King doesn’t want us to have the option to make responsible choices for our own lives, which will then make our families happier. That doesn’t sound very pro-family to me.


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  • Dan C

    What an idiot.

    It’s tough to make a negative campaign ad about this, but he’s said so many other stupid things in the past few years, I can only hope he won’t be re-elected.

  • Puck

    Never mind the ecological implications of promoting continued population growth in a time when our plant’s resources are certainly at capacity and the economic implications of such growth in a time of nearly 10% unemployment. Hmnnn… oh, yeah, and, never mind that, as of September 30, 2010, 408,425 kids were in foster care (according to DHHS) in the US…

    I mean, perhaps the most atrocious part of King’s statement is its disregard for women’s autonomies over their own bodies, but it’s certainly not the only atrocious part of that statement.

  • Evelyn

    “If we let our birth rate get down below replacement rate we’re a dying civilization.”


    Heaven forbid that the global human population decreases! It’s not like there are billions of people today who can’t access quality food, water, shelter and healthcare. But don’t listen to my silly woman perspective…I’m too self-centered and naive to realize that reproductive justice is the gateway to the end of civilization.

  • Gina Powers

    Oh, these men and their perpetual (and dated) insecurities….oh, and if he wants babies, I cordially invite him to hatch them himself.

  • Emily

    I certainly hope “they” haven’t been calling it “preventative medicine,” since the accepted term is clearly “preventive medicine.” Le sigh.

    Now I see why Republicans can’t get behind universal health care–universal generation prevention! I’ve seen the light!

  • Jaime Myers

    Perhaps Steve King should read “The Handmaid’s Tale.” On second thought, he would probably think it was a handbook.

  • Puck

    I just had to throw in Stephen Colbert’s gem wrt Rep King’s idiocy:
    “Americans only have children by accident. It’s clearly hard to imagine anyone having Steve King on purpose.”