South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley: Women Don’t Care About Contraception.

Women care about this. I swear.

I don’t even understand how these kinds of things can be said. How far away from the mainstream am I or the people I know?

“Women don’t care about contraception. They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all of those things.” – Nikki Haley

Think about that. There’s been a study floating around that 98% of Catholic women use birth control (even though the Church’s stance on birth control is that it’s a sin), but I always thought that number was wrong in some way. So, I did a quick google search, and sure enough, it’s somewhat misleading according to this review.  In short, it’s misleading because not all Catholic women are sexually active, and it’s also misleading because if you’ve had sex 100 times and used a condom once, you’re in that 98%. So, yeah. It doesn’t say much about the habits of Catholic women, but let’s forget about Catholic women. What about all women?

Guttmacher.org did a survey in 2010 (the same one in the link above), and it includes all American women. Here are two facts that are really interesting:

  1. Virtually all women (more than 99%) aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method.
  2. Overall, 62% of the 62 million women aged 15–44 are currently using a method of contraception.

I’m not a scientist, but clearly, it seems like women care about contraception. They really care about it. We aren’t only talking about single women who enjoy sex with multiple partners in this survey; we’re talking about women who are married or women who are not sexually active or women in committed relationships or women who aren’t have sex at all (I’m sad for them). Including those groups, still 62% use birth control. That’s 38,440,00 women in this country using birth control. That’s a significant number.

To Governor Haley’s credit, when pressed, she did admit that women cared about contraception, but then she made an additional completely ridiculous assertion.

“While we care about contraception, let’s be clear, all we’re saying is we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it and when we don’t. We wanna be able to make that decision. We don’t need government making that decision for us.”

Who’s forcing people to use contraception? No one’s trying to do that at all. It’s preposterous. I want you to make that decision for yourself as well, Governor Haley. The only thing in question is whether or not religious institutions should be allowed to make it more difficult or expensive for their employees to have access to contraception. That’s the only issue at hand.

Just bizarre. It’s like Haley had never talked about this before.

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Bonus stat: “Of the 2.9 million teenage women who use contraceptives, 54%—more than 1.5 million women—rely on the pill.”

First, that number should be higher. Second, let’s make it easier for kids to not get pregnant. Thanks.

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