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‘Pro-Life’ Activist: Birth Control Is A ‘Pesticide’ That Will Make Women Just ‘Like Men’

By Amanda Terkel on May 24, 2007 at 3:45 pm

"‘Pro-Life’ Activist: Birth Control Is A ‘Pesticide’ That Will Make Women Just ‘Like Men’"

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On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration “approved the first birth control pill that eliminates a woman’s monthly period.”

Yesterday on Fox News’s Your World With Neil Cavuto, Leslee Unruh, president of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, argued that this pill a “pesticide” that will make women “like men.” She called it an “attack on children and families,” ending the segment with shouts of, “I want more babies. More babies. We love babies.” Watch it:

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As Mary Alice Carr from NARAL pointed out, 98 percent of American women will use contraception at some point in their lives. No one is forcing women to use this form of birth control. This pill will not prevent women from ever having children, and will help women who find their periods too painful. Many medical professionals believe that “menstrual suppression could have some health benefits.”

Unruh led the fight for the “nation’s most sweeping abortion ban” in South Dakota in 2006, and her Abstinence Clearinghouse receives funding from the federal government. In 2001, Unruh said that she has received “nothing but support from the Bush administration.”

(HT: The Blue State)

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Transcript:

UNRUH: This is a real war on women and war on children and it’s a gift to be able to have children. And our fertility is precious to us. And we do not need Big Pharma, National Abortion Rights Action League, who have had a war on children and on babies, to now come in with another drug and to play G-d.

CAVUTO: But this isn’t an abortion or not related pill to you, this is just sortof a personal choice kind of a pill?

CARR: Sure, 98% of American women at some point in their lives use contraception. This is not something to disagree on. Leslie’s the one whose way out there on the side on this. Ask anyone.

UNRUH: Oh oh oh [Unintelligible]. Let me tell you about way out there. Way out there is playing G-d, Way out there is wanting us, women, who are feminine and have fertility and it’s something to celebrate, wanting us to be like men, c’mon!

CARR: I mean, I think the absolute reality is that families decide among themselves when they’re best able to have a child, when they’re best able to bring another child into their lives.

CAVUTO: You don’t think as some of the reports are that this drug goes too far and will make that an option that’s out–

CARR: It doesn’t do anything other than any other birth control pill does, except help women that have maybe menstrual periods that cause them a lot of pain, they have endometriosis, they have a lot of issues where their period every month is actually a problem for them. This actually would help them to actually avoid that pain.

UNRUH: Lies, lies, lies, lies, and more lies.

CAVUTO: Why are you saying that Leslie?

Planned Parenthood and NARAL have been out there trying to control women for many years. And fertility is a gift, it’s a wonderful thing. We need to celebrate our fertility, there are so many women that want to have children and the last thing they need is Big Pharma, Big Pharma, pesticides being put into our bodies.

CARR: And they can when they want to have those children, Leslie!

CARR: “I think that the very best thing we have to do in this country is find a way to bring down the unintended pregnancy rate, which leads to bringing the abortion rate, and the best way to do that is birth control.”

CAVUTO: Well this is the magic pill to do just that, right? But this is the magic pill to do that, right?

CARR: The best way to do that is birth control. And I want to know why people like Leslie–

CAVUTO: So, 12, 13-year-old girls taking this like chicklets would be okay?

CARR: Absolutely. What you’re saying here is actually–you’re going to make me crazy on here–what we’re saying is let’s reduce unintended pregnancy. Let’s reduce teen pregnancy. Let’s reduce the abortion rate in this country.

UNRUH: Big Pharma, here we go again, attack on children and families and on women. I want more babies. More babies. We love babies.

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