Rick Santorum’s Plan Costs Americans $$ and Encourages Teen Pregnancy

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Rick Santorum, in a recent interview with CaffeinatedThoughts.com editor Shane Vander Hart, said he thinks contraception is “dangerous to the country.”

As a citizen of this country, I, for one, am always alert to the possible danger I could be in, and if Rick Santorum is aware of new dangers, I think most would agree that it’s our duty to find out what they are and learn how we can protect ourselves.

Now, I’ve used contraception in the past, and my partner has undergone what you might call a “permanent contraception” procedure, so you can understand our concern and the concern of countless others practicing responsible (non)reproductive behavior in light of this most concerning concern.

Where is the danger? Is it the chemicals used in spermicidal jellies? Allergic reactions to latex? The cancer, stroke, and blood clot risks associated with the pill and the patch?Have vasectomies or tubal ligations been shown to expose men and women to previously unknown health risks?

Rick Santorum explains.

S.D.L.: Mr. Santorum, thank you for providing a wealth of insight and personal belief statements that are currently cataloged on the internet and available to answer my questions in your stead.

Americans, and in particular the “98% of sexually active Catholic women who are using birth control methods banned by the church,” are scared for their health. Please tell us: what is the danger birth control presents to the nation?

SANTORUM: “It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

I don’t understand what you mean by “how things are supposed to be.” In the sexual realm, “things” of a sexual nature are many and varied. There was this book in Barnes and Noble with pictures–

“It’s supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal…”

Oh! Okay.

“…but also procreative.”

Oh.

“That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen.”

Am I to understand that those of us who use birth control to avoid pregnancy are, um… we’re not having sex in the right way, and so we’re in danger now?

Look, I vote and have supported birth control because it is not the taking of a human life, ah, but, you know, I’m not a believer in birth control as–artificial birth control. Again, I think it goes down the line of being able to do whatever you want to do without having the responsibility that comes with that.”

But, I thought we were being responsib–

“It’s harmful to our society to have a society that says that sex outside of marriage is something that should be encouraged.”

But, a lot of married people use birth control. Including the previously mentioned 98% of married, sexually active Catholic women. Could that many Catholics be wrong?

“Or, or, or, or tolerated, particularly among the young.”

According to The Guttmacher Institute, “Teenagers (aged 15-19) who do not use a contraceptive at first sex are twice as likely to become teen mothers are are teenagers who use a method.” Taking away their birth control wouldn’t necessarily stop them from doing sexual things that are counter to how they’re supposed to be done.

“We want to encourage and support families.”

Well, okay, but by encouraging the creation of families through the restriction of birth control access, you increase the likelihood of teen pregnancy and single parenthood, and the CDC reported in 2009 that “teen pregnancy and childrearing bring substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children.”

Sex “is supposed to be within marriage.”

I can appreciate that you think they should wait until marriage to have sex, but the facts as presented by The Guttmacher Institute indicate that “on average, young people have sex for the first time at about age 17… but they do not marry until their mid-20s.” This will happen regardless of whether they have access to birth control. So, what are you gaining by limiting the availability of birth control?

“Look at the political base of the Democratic Party: It is single mothers who run a household… It’s so tough economically that [single mothers] look to the government for help and therefore they’re going to vote. So if you want to reduce the Democratic advantage, what you want to do is build two parent families, you eliminate that desire for government.”

But, Senator–Okay. Never mind, for a minute, that you’re actually going to increase the cases of single-motherhood if you make birth control harder to get.

“The children of teenage mothers”–and keep in mind that 2.9 million teens use contraceptives– “are more likely to have lower achievement  and drop out of high school, have more health problems, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, give birth as a teenager, and face unemployment as a young adult.”

Which means not only will they cost the country a lot of money, but they’ll also, in essence, become your idea of what forms the Democratic base.

“Clearly, providing some sort of supportive services [is what I want to do]…  We should start with the family and then look to local organizations like community groups, churches, civic organizations, then local government, state government and ultimately, if necessary, the federal government.”

According to the Huffington Post, though, you “voted for measures that would increase the financial burden on single mothers, thereby making them more dependent on government services.” You also “supported the ‘family cap’ in 1995 that forbid states to give mothers on welfare assistance after the birth of a child.”

“It takes a family.”

So you’re in favor of family support instead of government support?

“We should make it easier for one of those parents to stay at home at least during times when children are home.”

But you voted “against the Family and Medical Leave Act, which would have ensured 12 weeks of unpaid leave for women to care for their new babies.”

Many women have told me, and surveys have shown, that they find it easier, more ‘professionally’ gratifying…to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children. What happened in America so that mothers and fathers who leave their children in the care of someone else…find themselves more affirmed by society. Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism, one of the core philosophies of the village elders.”

The village what?

“The word ‘home’ in Greek is the basis of the word ‘economy.’It is the foundation of our country. You can’t have a limited government if the family breaks down.”

Speaking of the breakdown of families, if most single parents are mothers, doesn’t that mean the fathers are largely absent and thereby contributing to this breakdown?

I’ve worked for a lot of non-profit organizations … to try to focus some resources on trying to bring fathers back involved with their children.”

Well, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy reports that “eight of ten teen fathers do not marry the mothers of their first children,” and that “reducing teen pregnancy is closely connected to the goal of promoting responsible fatherhood.”

It seems safe to say, then, that easily accessible birth control would prevent pregnancies in the millions of sexually active teens who may otherwise become pregnant girls or absentee fathers, which would then reduce this dangerous (not to mention expensive to the taxpayers) family breakdown you speak of.

“I think it’s harmful to women.”

Oh, for fuck’s sake.

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[Related story: “Rape Me Again”]
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The above statements attributed to Rick Santorum were, at one time or another, said by Rick Santorum. To locate the source of each quote, find the link (highlighted in red) that corresponds with the statement. A new link appears any time the source changes.

Santorum References in order of “interview” appearance:

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/235061/20111020/rick-santorum-birth-control-contraception-abortion-federal-funding-sex-procreation.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2005/07/20/DI2005072001515.html

http://santorumexposed.com/serendipity/archives/18-Philadelphia-Inquirer-Rick-Blames-Liberals.html

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4 thoughts on “Rick Santorum’s Plan Costs Americans $$ and Encourages Teen Pregnancy

  1. Rick! He is a prince! Goddamn, if HE wasn’t so dangerous by all the claptrap that comes out of his mouth, I would keep laughing my head off.

    “Look at the political base of the Democratic Party: It is single mothers who run a household.” Whaaaat?!

    I didn’t know that I, me, myself was the base of my party!

    Thank you, thank you! for this post. I am forwarding to my mom and sis, two more of the “radical” feminists who have ruined family, morality, the economy, the government—why don’t we just say it—we’ve ruined EVERYTHING!

  2. “Look, I vote and have supported birth control because it is not the taking of a human life, ah, but, you know, I’m not a believer in birth control as–artificial birth control. Again, I think it goes down the line of being able to do whatever you want to do without having the responsibility that comes with that.”

    Look, you uppity wimmins, you won’t be having any of that fun sexy stuff without PAYING for it with an 18-year commitment to a soul-sucking parasite!

    As usual, with these fundy tools, it’s all about hating women.

  3. As a feminist, a pro-choice activist (online at least), and a DAO (done after one) mom, I am just going to say it. In my opinion, “tricky Ricky” Santorum is a misogynist and a barking LUNATIC. I read the questions put to Santorum, and I noted he couldn’t give a single direct answer to any of them.

    Furthermore, I think HE is the danger here, to all women. If this guy ever got his way, he would re-enact a 21st century version of the draconian Comstock Laws, which would basically make all forms of birth control illegal. This guy is the LAST person that any woman should vote for as President. Anthony Comstock is, thankfully, DEAD. Please, let’s not vote a 21st century version of that kook into the White House!

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