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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
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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?
emofordino 28th-Feb-2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
i knew that there was some really stupid background to this guy, but i couldn't remember what! thanks for the reminder.
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.
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.
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.
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