Stupid Party War On Women

Colorado GOP Votes to Defund Program That Reduces Abortions

Written by SK Ashby

On one hand, IUDs have successfully lowered teen pregnancy rates by 40 percent in Colorado and thus the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions, but on the other hand, if you're a Republican, you believe an IUD is itself some kind of abortion so we better defund it.

Ironically, the vote to deny funding from the program came just one day after it received a prestigious award from the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), which periodically honors particularly effective reproductive health initiatives at its annual conference. [...]

Nonetheless, right-wing Republicans balked at the idea of using public dollars to fund IUDs, suggesting that it amounts to subsidizing teenagers’ sex lives. Some opponents also claimed that IUDs are “abortifacients” that shouldn’t be paid for with government money.

There are times when its difficult to not simply descend into a fit of expletives, and this is one of those times.

The level of stupidity required to assert that IUDs or other forms of birth control are "abortifacients" is immeasurable. And I'm willing to bet that many of those who make such claims are also "not scientists," at least when it suits them, who don't believe in climate change.

State health officials estimate that the IUD program reduced abortions by 35 percent, but Republicans in the state legislature apparently believe that every single IUD is an ongoing abortion because they don't know their ass from their elbow.