While discussing women’s reproductive health and the government’s role in adminstering health care, a Republican state senator said he believes birth control is used by people “who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.”
State Sen. Pete Kelly is pushing for a state-wide effort to combat and prevent fetal alcohol syndrome in Alaska by placing state-funded pregnancy test in bars, restaurants and private businesses. But when asked if he would offer the same resources for birth control, Kelly said he does not believe in increasing access to contraception because “the thinking is a little opposite.”
“Birth control is for people who don’t necessary want to act responsibly,” the lawmaker said in an interview with Anchorage Daily News. “I’m not going to tell them what to do or help them do it. That’s their business.”
When asked by the reporter if the act of using birth control itself was a responsible act, he disagreed with the notion.
“Maybe, maybe not,” Kelly replied. “That’s a level of social engineering we don’t want to get into.”
Social Engineering? —how does acknowledging the Right of Individual Choice of Parenthood become Social Engineering. I thought it only became Social Engineering when the State or a Religion mandated the use or non-use of contraception.