az republican calls for forced sterilization of women on welfare

Original article –

“You put me in charge of Medicaid,” Pearce told one caller, “the first thing I’d do is get [female recipients] Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”
I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that there are people in this “modern day and age” who still not only have thoughts like this but are in positions where they can put those thoughts into action. It’s equally frustrating that people like this former senator don’t seem to understand that what they’ve said was actually very judgmental, misinformed and potentially oppressive in actual legislation. They only react to the negativity they receive, working on damage control as the article points out rather than re-evaluating the issue itself.
Here’s a novel idea – aren’t politicians supposed to be public servants? Maybe we should demand that they subject themselves to all of the oppressions they keep trying to use against everyone not them.




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