Arizona GOP debate audience boos birth control

The Republican debate booers are back! Earlier in this primary cycle, Republican debate audiences booed a gay soldier, former presidential hopeful Governor Rick Perry bragging about a high number of executions under his leadership in Texas, and cheered the idea of letting an uninsured man who couldn’t afford necessary medical treatment die. Last night, the audience that has shaped the primary season more than any of the candidates returned to boo the very idea of birth control.

CNN Debate moderator John King posed this question sent by one of the viewers to the candidates, “Since birth control is the latest hot topic, which candidate believes in birth control and if not why?”

*Loud Boos”

Via ThinkProgress:

Not boos for the contraception accommodation in the Affordable Care Act but the idea of birth control. I’m not sure why it’s so shocking and objectionable that one of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to make women’s health care, ya know… more affordable.

How could anyone boo believing in birth control? 99% of women as well as 99% of Catholic women use birth control. This should not be a controversial topic.

At least it seems as though this 20th (!) debate may be the last in a long line of brain cell destroying television.

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  • Vicki

    My impression of the booing was that the audience disagreed that the question was even asked in a debate, not the validity of birth control. So many on the right think there is a ‘liberal media conspiracy’ for asking ‘gotcha’ questions in order to detract from the ‘real’ issues. While it is ridiculous that birth control is even up for debate, it’s necessary to know whether a future president would outlaw it.

  • Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

    Nothing that transpires in Arizona shocks or surprises me in the least.

  • Sarah

    For the mere mention of women’s contraception to be booed – with nearly all women having used it at some point, as you menioned – is misogyny at its finest. Thanks, America.

  • Franzia Kafka

    They also must have noticed that the asker’s name was “T’sah” and were outraged that people with non-white-sounding, non-Christian names were being allowed to ask questions of their candidates, especially questions about silly women’s matters like birth control. :/

  • Jen

    I tried sending this via the sites contact button but it would read the little number letter code that I kept giving….. Anyway….
    I’m not sure if you have heard about this, but if you haven’t-

    Just this Monday women and likeminded men have started organizing a March Against the War on Women. Here is the facebook link. They have just started and need help but it looks good that it will happen.

    Thought it would be a neat thing.