During an interview on MSNBC, host Joy Reid and her panel debated an anti-choice advocate over the significance of the women’s march in Washington that was held in response President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Toward the end of the segment, Reid asked Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life her take on contraception and whether or not it should be legal.
“I believe certain forms can be legal, yes,” Hawkins agreed, adding, “I don’t believe abortion causing contraception should be legal.”
“What kind of contraception are you talking about?” Reid asked, with Hawkins replying, “Hormonal contraception.”
“You think IUDs should be illegal?” Reid pressed.
“I don’t think they should be legal, “Hawkins replied. “They put women at risk and they kill children.”
“What about the birth control pill?” the unrelenting Reid asked.
“I do not think it should be legal, I think that shouldn’t be legal,” Hawkins replied before trying to change the subject.
“In my ideal world, yes,” Hawkins stated. “But I don’t think that’s something we’re working towards in the pro-life movement. In the pro-life movement we’re working towards abolishing abortion. That’s why we want Planned Parenthood’s money to go to health centers which don’t do contraception.”
“We’ve gotten some real clarity,” Reid said as she concluded the interview. “I think the American people have gotten quite a bit of clarity on what your movement wants to do.”
The anti-choice movement was one of Trump’s key supporters during the campaign. They are often from the Evangelical right and they are willing to overlook and excuse anything Trump does so long as they feel they have a shot at overturning Roe v. Wade. However, Hawkins’ admission brings to light some of the other authoritarian motives behind the anti-choice movement. They want to completely control the reproductive organs of all women at every level.
They believe that their job is to ensure children are born, as to what happens after that, they could not care less about post-birth outcomes. For millions of women born into poverty, having children is almost a guarantee that they will never escape their circumstances. For the children born into those environments, they are targeted by the same conservatives who advocate for their birth, to become fodder in the “War on Drugs. These children get caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline then become slaves to the prison industrial complex before being released (not rehabilitated) back into a society where they’ve been set up to fail from birth. In the words of Sister Joan Chittister:
“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”
Moral busybodies like Hawkins don’t concern themselves with the life many of these children are destined to lead, or the health of women whose bodies they want to control, because for them it’s all about getting their holy doggy biscuit from their God. Or as Jesus Christ once described them as people who “love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen.”
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