Mia Love Accidentally Confirms How Truly Awesomely Awful the GOP Approach to Women’s Healthcare Is

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Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, as well as Republican nominee for the House of Representatives for Utah's fourth district, says things, and sometimes those things don't make what less abstract thinkers within the GOP would call "sense." It's okay, though — Love is considered a rising star within the Grand Old Party and, as such, she gets softball interviews on Fox News to complement her speaking slot at the Republican National Convention. Speaking Sunday on Fox, Love offered the following defense of her party's strenuous attempts to prevent women from having access to birth control: the GOP plan actually offers "more free choice and more liberties."


Oh, well! I guess we can all, like, go home and forget about the healthcare debate, in that case. Love further proved what an asset she'd be to the future of the Republican Party by adding the little fib that GOP policies would allow her to "keep a little bit of my own money so I can pay for my own contraceptives if I want to." That, according to Think Progress' Ian Millhiser, isn't strictly true, unless Love has a secret bunker containing the Knights Templar treasures.

GOP House Candidate Claims GOP War On Women Will Create ‘More Free Choice' For Women [Think Progress]



Leaving aside the other issues here for the moment, it literally boggles my mind how some people can't wrap their brains around the notion that for some women (and families!) the money spent on contraceptives and exams is A LOT OF MONEY. Is it cheaper than raising a child? Sure. But for so many people that 25 bucks my birth control prescription costs per month, or that hundred dollar pelvic exam, is something that can make a huge difference to someone who is working hard and STILL living paycheck to paycheck. I think as soon as you're in the position to refer to 25 or 100 dollars (or more, depending on where you are and what's happening) as "a little bit of money" you should take a breath and thank your lucky stars you're as privileged as you are, and acknowledge that maybe you're in no position to decide where the bar should sit for someone who has less than you do.