Illinois Republican Congressman Joe Walsh is known for trying to diminish his opponents’ their accomplishments. Earlier this year he said of Tammy Duckworth, the woman running against him for his Congressional seat,
Now Joe Walsh is spewing some harsh words for free contraception advocate Sandra Fluke. On Saturday, while appearing at a campaign stop in Addison, Illinois, the Tea Partier said,
A 31-32 year old law student who’s been a student for life, who gets up there in front of a national audience and tells the American people, ‘I want America to pay for my contraceptives.’ You’re kidding me. Go get a job. This is what — I was offended.
We’ve got Americans who are struggling, we’ve got parents in this country who are struggling to buy sneakers that their kids can wear to school that just started. We’ve got parents up and down my district who are barely keeping their house.
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Mr. Walsh many women need birth control BECAUSE they’re struggling to buy sneakers for their kids. But I think good ole’ Joe knows something about that since he owes his exe thousands in child support. I really think that a man, especially one as responsible as Joe is for his own children, should sit down and shut up. Women are not asking for free birth control. They are asking that it be accessible and affordable. Women shouldn’t have to pay $50-75 a month to be responsible.
But apparently Walsh does not understand that parents who cannot afford contraception will then have unintentional pregnancies resulting in more children they also cannot afford. As does the fact that Fluke’s testimony before Congress told the story of a friend who couldn’t pay for contraceptives; it was not about Fluke’s own need for birth control.
Additionally, Fluke has, in fact, held a job: According to her own bio,
she worked at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, combating domestic violence and human trafficking.
Fluke earned national attention some months back when House Republicans barred her from testifying about women’s need for contraceptive access. Adding insult to injury, conservatives publicly trashed Fluke. Most famously, radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” who has “so much sex” that she cannot afford contraception.
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