Republican: Who Uses Birth Control? Irresponsible People
Alaska State Senator Pete Kelly has come under fire for comments he made while talking about reproductive health, saying he believes birth control is used by people “who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.”
The comments were made as the lawmaker pushes an effort that would place free pregnancy tests in bars, restaurants, and businesses around Alaska. He was questioned whether he would do the same with birth control and replied that such “thinking is a little opposite.”
“Birth control is for people who don’t necessary want to act responsibly,” Kelly told the Anchorage Daily News. “I’m not going to tell them what to do or help them do it. That’s their business.”
Kelly went on to question whether birth control itself is a responsible measure. “Maybe, maybe not,” Kelly said. “That’s a level of social engineering we don’t want to get into.”
Instead, Kelly wants people to skip right to the step where they’re already pregnant. “So if you’re drinking, if you’re out at the big birthday celebration and you’re kind of like, ‘Gee, I wonder if I…?’ You can just go in the bathroom and there should be a plastic, plexi-glass bowl in there, and that’s part of the public relations campaign, too. You’re going to have some kind of card on there with a message. If we have a pregnancy test, because someone just doesn’t know, that’s probably a way we can help them,” Kelly says.
Of course, Alaska has opted out of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion which would provide birth control. So, maybe there is another way that he can help.
Earlier this month, Fred Dyson, another Republican Alaska lawmaker, said the state shouldn’t cover birth control because it’s inexpensive. “Even the most [sexually] active folks don’t need to spend more than $2 or $3 a day for covering their activity. No one is prohibited from having birth control because of economic reasons,” Dyson said. He then asserted that “women can buy condoms for the cost of a can of pop and get the pill for the price of four to five lattes each month.”