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Nancy Pelosi: Birth Control Will Stimulate the Economy

Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the inclusion of hundreds of millions of dollars for family planning services in the stimulus bill yesterday, by arguing that birth control will help the economy. On ABC's This Week Pelosi said:

The family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education, and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those — one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

While Pelosi's comments could come off as characterizing children born to poor families as nothing more than a burden on the government, there could be some logic to her argument. Unplanned pregnancies can level significant financial burdens on parents, who may turn to the government for assistance if they do not have the means. By increasing access to contraception, lower-income families would have the freedom to plan their families just like those with access to contraception. Still, others point out that population growth typically helps economic growth, and in places like Japan, the government actually encourages citizens to have more kid-producing sex.

Do you think Nancy Pelosi's argument that birth control can help the economy is far-fetched?


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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
That's a shock, and I'm glad she backed down.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Its out of the bill now, Pelosi backed down.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
ah, I see!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Not all bunnies, only those that pop out tons of kids to boost their payout from federal aid programs.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I'll bet you ate the one in your av. :wink: Or at least poked it with a sharp stick.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Well, it's true.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Whoa GS. Comment 44 just took things one step too far.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
And they despise bunnies.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
All liberals walk funny and smell like sardines. Wow, generalizing and grouping an entire political ideology into small statements is fun.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
All it is is another earmark. Nothing to do with the economy. It's pathetic and transparent.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Right, and I said it was a big harsh to describe feelings towards the people on Medicaid. But I still think its pretty accurate in reference to the program. And I agree with you LB, it is the buzz word of massive bill passages that are chock block full of random stuff, some good some bad.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 8 years
I havent read any of the comments, but I just feel like this "stimulus" and the "bailout" are being used as a cover for the far left and right to push through their agendas and get funding for things that would never have gotten funding if we werent in this fiscal crisis. This is totally out of control. If you want to give more money to the states for family planning and contraceptives, introduce legislation with that intent and get it through the right way. This is whole thing is turning into one huge mess. The American people are getting the wool pulled over our eyes from both sides.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Er, every one of my comments - not all comments :)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
"Despise" was used to describe the feelings towards the people, not the program. Thus, it being harsh. And yes, of course it's just my opinion as is every other comment on this site!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"It looks like the libs are pushing their social agenda at a time when we should be uniting and focusing on rebuilding the economy." That IS what it looks like, but in reality the opposite is happening. The Dems are trying to help states in their fiscal emergency, and Republicans are turning it into an statement about social issues. If the Republicans REALLY had the country's fiscal needs in mind, they would stop using old reports about small fractions of old bills as the basis for their opinions on the new version of the bill, and they would stop distorting FUNDS FOR STATES as some kind of liberal agenda. They have what they want in the bill (tax cuts), even more than what most of the dems want. The dems have compromised. Republicans are just trying to jockey for power position within their own party. One big c*ck waving contest, with our future at stake.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I said they don't think to highly of the people on the program, I would think many would say that even if they themselves were poor and qualified for Medicaid they wouldn't take the govt. assistance. Personal responsibility and all that. Hence, they wouldn't think to highly of people on Medicaid. And I think despise is an adequate term to describe general Republican feelings on Medicaid, if you think its too harsh, that your opinion.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Saying that Republicans don't like a program is very different than saying they don't like the people on the program. Despise is also a pretty strong word.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Jill I won't argue with you that family planning is a great thing. I want as many people to be on birth control as possible. However, think about how this looks to the country. It looks like the libs are pushing their social agenda at a time when we should be uniting and focusing on rebuilding the economy.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
"For those of you that don't remember, unwanted pregnancies usually result in a family relying on Medicaid. We know how much many republicans despise people on Medicaid, because it forces them to help others" What's absolutely wrong with this statement? Ok, maybe implying Republicans hate to help people is a little too much. It should say Republicans do not like to help poor people with tax dollars. But other than that, I would think that many Republicans despise Medicaid, and don't think to highly of the people on it. Especially when as you said CG most are not trying to get off of it. Do unwanted preganancies result in more people on Medicaid? I would assume yes, poor women giving birth to poor babies creates more people on Medicaid. But that's my assumption.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
You missed the point. And I think it's pretty obvious that more than young healthy children are on Medicaid. Older people are also on Medicaid as well.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Alot of special needs kids are on medicaid also, is that from unwanted pregnancies? I deal with Medicaid everyday, and people arent trying to get off of it. on the contrary they are doing everything they can to stay on.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Not all women on medicaid stay on it forever. Some of them use it as needed and then they get their own health insurance, if they can. It's hard to get them off of the free health care for obvious reasons. Children cost more money to raise these days because of the rising high cost with everything else that it takes to provide for them.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Well it is true that a lot of unwanted pregnancies result to women using Medicaid.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"For those of you that don't remember, unwanted pregnancies usually result in a family relying on Medicaid. We know how much many republicans despise people on Medicaid, because it forces them to help others" You are absolutely wrong in that quote and hilarious also.
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