In Jason330’s post entitled Oklahoma Breaks New Ground In The Being Idiotic Department he shows us the idiocy Oklahoma lawmakers are proposing:
Because you shouldn’t be able to fail a student just for being 100% dead wrong, a proposed Oklahoma law will prevent science teachers from flunking students who argue dinosaurs and humans coexisted. Which, except for in science fiction and my fantasies, they did not.
Scary stuff. But Oklahoma isn’t done being stupid. Looks like they have a plan to ensure they produce more children to lie to…
OKLAHOMA CITY – Employers in Oklahoma could opt not to include contraceptives and abortions in employee insurance plans under a measure that secured passage by a Senate committee Thursday.
The measure, Senate Bill 452 by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, passed the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 9-0 with no debate and now heads to the full Senate.
“Notwithstanding any other provision of state or federal law, no employer shall be required to provide or pay for any benefit or service related to abortion or contraception through the provision of health insurance to his or her employees,” the bill says.
What could possibly be the reason behind this? Glad you asked.
Jolley said the measure is the result of a request from a constituent, Dr. Dominic Pedulla, an Oklahoma City cardiologist who describes himself as a natural family planning medical consultant and women’s health researcher.
Pedulla says he is morally against contraception and abortion. He said he had to give up his small group health plan because the only plans available in the state required coverage for contraception and sterilization. He and his family were on the plan and had to find more expensive insurance elsewhere.
“Every small group plan forces you to choose those options,” Pedulla said.
Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are, Pedulla said.
“Part of their identity is the potential to be a mother,” Pedulla said. “They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity, and if that wasn’t bad enough, they are being asked to poison their bodies.”
Studies show that women using contraceptives consider pregnancy more unwanted than wanted, he said. [Emphasis mine]
Bet this “doctor” is all for teaching children that humans rode dinosaurs in science class, or as Jason dubbed it, “There really is no such thing as knowledge act”
I’m not even sure where to begin with Pedulla’s comments. I’d probably suggest that if this guy is your cardiologist… you should probably look elsewhere.
Let’s break it down…
“Women are worse off with contraception because it suppresses and disables who they are,” Pedulla said. “Part of their identity is the potential to be a mother. They are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity“
Okay. Deep breath. Disables who they are = Breeding machines? Emphasis on the word machine, because the reasoning behind this law doesn’t consider women as autonomous. Oops! Perhaps machine isn’t the correct term. Perhaps “property” would be more applicable. Notice how Pedulla states that women “are being asked to suppress and radically contradict part of their own identity.” In Conservative Land it’s never the woman asking (unless she’s a bad girl). It’s always someone else forcing or directing a women onto a path of sin.
Nice to see the Republicans have learned nothing from the 2012 election and that they’ve decided to continue their War on Women. Lots of transvaginal ultrasound bills popping up out there. Jobs bills? Not so much.
I’m reaching the conclusion that the Republican’s Job Plan is to make sure women constantly get pregnant and then are forced out of the workforce, thereby making room for men. (I started out writing that sentence as snark, but now I think I’m onto something.)
I also love how the “doctor” cites studies that show “women using contraceptives consider pregnancy more unwanted than wanted.” Can’t get anything past these Oklahoma geniuses.