Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee just told the Republican National Committee “Winter Meeting” in Washington, DC that the only reason women need birth control is to “control their libido.”
CNN’s Dana Bash reports that Huckabee was discussing the larger issue of the federal government’s involvement with birth control, presumably referring to the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and its provisions requiring private employers to include birth control in their coverage.
Bash summarized Huckabee’s remarks in a tweet:
Via Chris Moody of Yahoo News, we have the entire Huckabee quote in context – it’s just as bad:
Huckabee’s comments are disturbingly similar to Rush Limbaugh’s incendiary remarks of two years ago about Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke, who had testified before Congress about the various non-sexual reasons that women use, and need, birth control. At the time, and repeatedly thereafter, Limbaugh called Fluke a “sl*t.” Limbaugh called Fluke a “sl*t” over 70 times. Watch:
That is what Huckabee is referring to when he says that birth control is simply about women not being able to control their libido. Huckabee is suggesting that Limbaugh is right. That the entire birth control debate is simply about “loose” women.
This isn’t the first time that Huckabee has asserted that birth control is for loose women. It is however the first time he has said it at the official meeting of the entire Republican party, thus branding them with his intolerance.
And the Republicans wonder why they are repeatedly accused of having a war on women?