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Kansas Gov. Brownback: ‘Go work somewhere else’ if you want contraception

10:24 pm - 02/27/2012
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) has a simple solution for women who work for religious institutions that refuse to cover birth control: Find a new job.

During a call-in show on C-SPAN Monday morning, a woman named Doris from Osawatomie, Kansas told Brownback that she was worried that he wanted to turn back the clock on women’s rights.

“No, goodness,” Brownback replied. “That’s not true.”


“I am concerned that — along with lots of other red states — Gov. Brownback feels that we should be the reddest state in the country,” Doris explained. “Women’s rights are being trampled. He was talking about what President Obama is requiring insurance companies to do, to cover birth control. You know you are taking away the individual woman’s right to decide if they need birth control.”

“Ninety-eight percent of women have used birth control in their lives,” she added. “Now, we can pay for vasectomies, we can pay for Viagra, but we cannot pay for birth control for women? I think it’s a shame.”

Brownback immediately disagreed.

“What the president basically said is if you are church that does not believe in this — and the Catholic Church has problems with, the official Catholic Church, amongst other institutions, have problems with paying for contraceptives,” the Kansas governor explained. “You have a number of religious groups who saying, ‘We don’t want to pay for so-called abortifacients, these have morning after pill-type effects. And this is against our religious beliefs.’ And the president was saying, ‘You got to pay for it.’ And they were saying, ‘This is against our view life is sacred.’”

“That’s not denying women’s rights,” he insisted. “If a woman then wants birth control, go work somewhere else.”


A coalition of rights groups including Planned Parenthood, MainStream Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union recently criticized Brownback for an “assault on women’s health.”

“In 2011, 5 bills limiting access to abortion services and affordable contraception were passed by the Kansas Legislature and signed by Governor Brownback and the legislature spent over 25 public hours on these bills,” MainStream Coalition board member Gail James said in a media advisory. “This divisive social agenda does not reflect the values or priorities of the majority of Kansans.”

For his part, Brownback on Monday denied wanting to limit the rights of women.

“Having three very good, strong daughters that are doing quite well, I — and I want them to have every opportunity and every possibility in this country and they’re going to have it,” he said.


video of his comments at the source
one_hoopy_frood 28th-Feb-2012 05:25 am (UTC)
We don’t want to pay for so-called abortifacients
RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEE
mollywobbles867 28th-Feb-2012 06:11 am (UTC)
Uterus, how does it work?
evewithanapple 28th-Feb-2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Hey guys, remember how Brownback blows a lot?
citiesburning 28th-Feb-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
oh. this guy.
one_hoopy_frood 28th-Feb-2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Relevant Funny or Die video that is actually pretty funny:

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Edited at 2012-02-28 05:28 am (UTC)
one_hoopy_frood 28th-Feb-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/251fa6410b/women-s-health-experts-speak-out
Well it won't embed so here it is. FEATURING RON SWANSON.
citiesburning 28th-Feb-2012 05:28 am (UTC)
so, now they are going for, red (from embarrassment) states.
asinbumble 28th-Feb-2012 05:29 am (UTC)
Ugh, his poor daughters.
schexyschteve 28th-Feb-2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Fuck you. How about you find a new job?
tigerdreams 28th-Feb-2012 05:49 am (UTC)
Best comment.
tigerdreams 28th-Feb-2012 05:48 am (UTC)
“You have a number of religious groups who saying, ‘We don’t want to pay for so-called abortifacients, these have morning after pill-type effects.

The fact that religious groups don't understand reproductive biology should not be my problem.

And this is against our religious beliefs.’

Your religious beliefs don't get to impact my health care decisions.

And the president was saying, ‘You got to pay for it.’

Good on him! You want to be an employer (especially if, like many schools and hospitals, you receive government funds), you get to play by the rules the state sets for employers.

And they were saying, ‘This is against our view life is sacred.’”

Should a JW school, hospital, or other organization be able to refuse to cover blood transfusions? No? Fuck yourself.

“That’s not denying women’s rights,” he insisted.

Yeah. Yeah it is.

“If a woman then wants birth control, go work somewhere else.”

So first it's, "Get a job!" Then it was, "Get a ~real~ job!" Now it's, "Get a different job!" What next?
theartema 28th-Feb-2012 05:54 am (UTC)
So first it's, "Get a job!" Then it was, "Get a ~real~ job!" Now it's, "Get a different job!" What next?

"Go back to the kitchen!"
seasight 28th-Feb-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
Just leaving this thought here:
schexyschteve 28th-Feb-2012 07:07 am (UTC)
I love him.
molkat 28th-Feb-2012 06:07 am (UTC)
We don’t want to pay for so-called abortifacients, these have morning after pill-type effects

Hulk smash!! Morning after pill-type effects like blocking or delaying ovulation or increases/thinkens cervical mucus... none of those are going to cause an abortion much less block implantation. The most recent studies have shown there are not changes to the uterine lining after a single dose and if you take it after you have already ovulated it does nothing. It takes 6-9 days for implantation after intercourse, yet the damn thing only works if you take it within 72 hours. A single dose of progestin isn't going to do shit 6-9 days later, if it did then people on the mini-pill could miss doses left and right but still have some protection.
age_of_green 28th-Feb-2012 06:17 am (UTC)
Right. Clearly the %15 unemployment rate means nothing to you. But I bet you think woman should just stay home knocked up, am I right?
nikoel 28th-Feb-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if women would just get their asses back home where they belong, the unemployment problem will be solved! Of course, no one will be able to live on one wage and single women can all go back to doing "lady work" like cleaning.
tilmon 28th-Feb-2012 06:20 am (UTC)
If these religious groups don't want to operate according to federally-mandated rules, they can damn well stop taking my tax money to pay for their religiously slanted operations.

Also, everytime I see Brownback's name in print, I immediately think "Brown Shirt." If he would only stop acting so much like one, perhaps I could stop making that automatic association.
gretazreta 28th-Feb-2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Every time I see it, I immediately think "Brokeback" which I kind of like, seeing as how much he'd hate it.
rinygrin 28th-Feb-2012 06:24 am (UTC)
It's so easy for them to tell someone to get another job for coverage on contraception, as if that's a fucking option in this economy when he'll never have to sacrifice work/money for birth control. What a jerk.
asinbumble 28th-Feb-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
He's completely clueless, sexist, and way out of touch.
gretchystretchy 28th-Feb-2012 06:29 am (UTC)
No words for how much I hate this fuckstick.
lunchy 28th-Feb-2012 11:21 am (UTC)
Find a new new job, of course!
emeraldus 28th-Feb-2012 07:49 am (UTC)
But isn't that denying a woman her rights to tell her if she doesn't like it, go somewhere else?
teleens_journal 28th-Feb-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Don't try logic on this asshat; it never works on those with this mindset, :(.
shoujokakumei 28th-Feb-2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Stupid religious views don't deserve to be exempt from federal law protecting people's access to necessary aspects of healthcare. Fuck you, piss off, and go suck the dick of the Roman Kiddyfucker Church some more.
doverz 28th-Feb-2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
Well, seeing as how the insurance companies of Catholic organizations are now required to cover it, Catholic organizations don't have to worry about not being allowed to be misogynistic assholes to women now do they Brownback???

Also, RME at the get a job comment. Our economy is so shitty right now I'm sure that these women could find a good job that provides contraception in their insurance package.
emofordino 28th-Feb-2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
SERIOUSLY. they know that the only half-way legitimate reason to oppose birth control coverage is to say that it's going against their religious views, but it's not like they can stop talking about that part now that it's not even an option, because otherwise they'd have to admit that their REAL reason for disliking universal coverage for contraceptives is that women actually get to make decisions about their sexuality and health. ughhhhh. (i hope that makes sense, i'm working on little sleep and lots of sudafed today. )
bowtomecha 28th-Feb-2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
I wish that they would come out and say it.

The non-catholic opponents mind that unmarried women have access to birth control but probably don't mind it if married women have access to it. Because hey, they must already have permission from their husbands because why else would a married woman not want to have kids, right?

But they can't say that because it would be a wee bit too discriminatory. Somehow.
emofordino 28th-Feb-2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
my dad's family is devoutly catholic and i know for a fact that most of his siblings don't even agree with married people taking birth control because ~children are a precious gift~ or whatever, but i think they are part of the minority of catholics.
armless_phelan 28th-Feb-2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I cannot believe that the pill is such a fucking issue in 2012. Where is Loretta Lynn to set these misogynistic assholes straight?
13chapters 28th-Feb-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
I wonder what it's like to live in a world where it's a totally reasonable to say that if you don't like something about your job, you can just go get a new one.
latin_lunatic 28th-Feb-2012 06:28 pm (UTC)


Because it's just that easy!
poli_jerk 28th-Feb-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
A+ gif. Charlie is flawless
sankaku_atama 28th-Feb-2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh. Him.

Not to get all conspiracy-theorist or anything, but this spunkcrumpet doesn't just limit his asshattery to every day idiocy. He's also part of something known as the "Senate Values Action Team", which is, in his own words an "off-the-record weekly meeting of representatives from religious conservative organizations."

Gee. Wonder what they could be discussing that has to be "off the record". He also defunded the Kansas Arts Commission because, you know, art has no intrinsic value whatsoever.

Fuck, I hate these ultra-religious cockmonkeys.

For his part, Brownback on Monday denied wanting to limit the rights of women.
BULL. SHIT.

“Having three very good, strong daughters that are doing quite well, I — and I want them to have every opportunity and every possibility in this country and they’re going to have it,” he said.

Grammatical butchery aside, I'm sure you do wish for them to do well, Brownie. The only problem is that you quantify them 'doing well' as being subservient, docile little broodmares for their husbands, rather than as independent, self-aware women, like they and all other women, deserve.

Fuck off, you misogynistic throwback.

[ /rant ]

Edited at 2012-02-28 08:17 pm (UTC)
celtic_thistle 29th-Feb-2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Flawless use of "spunkcrumpet" and "cockmonkey."
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