Did you see what Mike Huckabee, the former presidential candidate and Arkansas governor, said late last week about birth control? If you did, let me refresh your memory. If you didn’t, let me take you to a special place that lives in Huckabee’s head. He said, as quoted in the NYTimes this weekend,
“If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. Let us take that discussion all across America.”
Wait, what? He seems to think women are helpless and unable to control their bodies without the government. Based on the Democratic agenda, women need the government to control their reproductive systems and libido.
I can see where he gets that. But that isn’t really the Democrats. That is many of his fellow Republicans all across the country mandating waiting periods for abortions. Trying to legislate which types of birth control I can take. Legislating that if I wanted to have an abortion, I would have to have an ultrasound, maybe even an extremely invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound, to hear my baby’s heartbeat. Someone in America is trying to control women’s bodies. But it isn’t the “Democratic agenda”.
We don’t need to be told how to take care of our bodies. And we definitely don’t need, usually male, legislators making this decision. Our bodies, our choice. If I want to take or use birth control, I will. I do. Along with 99% of women.
I’m not sure when people like Mike Huckabee will understand that it should be up to a woman to control her own body and reproductive system. Because it is JUST up to me; just up to you. I hope that they will get it sooner rather than later. But until then, we will continue to see people like Mike Huckabee making baseless comments without actually asking a woman how “this” all works. **sigh**