Running out of ideas, Congressman suggests abortion restrictions as job creation

Congressman Bob Goodlatte

This bright star in Congress has a creative new job creation plan! Photo credit: National Review

Remember HR7, that awful bill that would restrict federal insurance coverage of abortion and add sundry fun new restrictions on abortion coverage in DC and nationwide? Well, nobody knew this before, but it turns out it is also a job growth bill! Let Congressman Bob Goodlatte, creative outside-the-box thinker and Republican representative for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, explain it to you:

In addition I would suggest that it is very much the case that those of us in the majority support this legislation because it’s the morally right thing to do, but it also is very very true that having a growing population and having new children brought into the world is not harmful to job creation it very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people that need to raise children, so…

Let’s go through this here elected official’s path of reasoning, so we are all clear:

Restrict low-income folks’ access to abortion -> Those already struggling to make ends meet forced to have children they did not want (rich continue getting safe abortions tho FYI) -> JOBS!

Yup. It’s very very true!

 

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Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Verónica is a queer immigrant writer, activist, and rabble-rouser.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/lkalal/ Lauren

    I literally did the exact same face palm before scrolling down and seeing the ever brilliant Beyonce mimicking me.

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1031794101/the-outernet

  • http://feministing.com/members/mercedes/ Mercedes Allen

    We’ve seen this rhetoric a bit more developed (but not as widely disseminated) in Canada. The Christian Heritage Party (a marginal political party) actually has in its platform that it will encourage stay-at-home motherhood (likely through but not actually specified as things like anti-abortion laws) as a make-work economic policy. Their theory is that it will reduce competition for jobs, and free up positions currently occupied by women.

    I’m surprised that their American counterparts are actually behind the curve on this.