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GOP Senator: “Birth control is for people who don’t want to act responsibly”

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March 21, 2014

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GOP Senator: “Birth control is for people who don’t want to act responsibly”

Senator Pete Kelly also calls for free pregnancy tests in bar and restaurant bathrooms

ANCHORAGE:  In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News (VIDEO), Senator Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) says “he is declaring war on fetal alcohol syndrome disorders” by putting free pregnancy tests in bars and restaurants.  In contrast to his support for state-funded pregnancy tests, Kelly said birth control “is for people who don’t want to act responsibly.”

In response to a question in the interview, Kelly rejected efforts that would encourage use of birth control:

This assumes that if you know you are pregnant you’ll act responsibly.  Birth control is for people who don’t want to act responsibly. –Senator Pete Kelly

Instead, Kelly said the state should provide free pregnancy tests in bars and restaurants:

Literally, you can go into the bathroom at the bar and test.  So if you’re drinking, you’re out at the big birthday celebration and you’re like, ‘Gee, I wonder if I…?’ You should be able to go in the bathroom and there’s that plastic, Plexiglas bowl in there…With the consent of the other senators I’m going to put some money in the budget to fund these things. --Senator Pete Kelly.

Senator Kelly’s comments come just two weeks after his GOP colleague Fred Dyson inaugurated what was labeled “the new Alaska war on women” by encouraging women to stop drinking lattes if they can’t afford birth control, and suggested that women can airlift birth control to Alaska.

“Republicans need to stop their war on Alaska women,” said Kay Brown, Executive Director of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Family planning could reduce the number of abortions by 360 per year, according to a recent study.  In addition to reducing the number of abortions, data suggest that wider availability of contraception could reduce Alaska’s highest-in-the-nation rate of certain sexually transmitted diseases.


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