Former Arkansas govenor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee attacked Democrats for supporting birth control for women (via Obamacare) during a speech today at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Washington D.C.
According to The Washington Post, Huckabee claimed that Democrats want to "insult women" by providing them preventive health care such as contraception (video below).
"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," said Huckabee. "Let's take that discussion all across America."
The GOP audience then wildly applauded.
"I haven't seen that report, but whoever said it sounds offensive to me and to women," White House press secretary Jay Carney said in response, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Huckabee made a similar statement on his Fox News TV show over the weekend, notes Slate.com.
"For Democrats to reduce women to beggars for cheap government funded birth control is demeaning to the women that I know who are far more complicated than their libido and the management of their reproductive system," stated Huckabee.
In response to Huckabee's statement today, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement:
The problem isn’t what Mike Huckabee says – it’s what he and too many other politicians believe. These politicians need a basic anatomy and sex ed course. Birth control is basic, preventive health care for women. It helps women plan their pregnancies and manage their lives, and many women use it for a variety of other medical reasons, including treatment of endometriosis that can lead to infertility. The fact that Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand what birth control does is a perfect illustration of why decisions about birth control should be left to a woman and her doctor, without interference from politicians.