Defending her party after some of its members spent months going after contraception, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said today that birth control isn’t very important to women. “Women don’t care about contraception,” she said on The View.
When host Joy Behar pushed back, Haley acknowledged that women do care about contraception, but she argued they care about it less than other issues.
HALEY: Women don’t care about contraception, they care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all those other things —
BEHAR: Well, they care about contraception too.
HALEY: But, that’s not the only thing they care about. The media wants to talk about contraception.
BEHAR: But when someone like Rick Santorum says he’s going to take it away, we care. [Applause]
HALEY: Well, while we care about contraception, let’s be care. All we’re saying is we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it or when we don’t.
In fact, polling suggests women really do care about contraception, and that the time spent debating the issue has hurt Republican lawmakers and candidates. 98 percent of even Catholic women use birth control at some point in their lives, and most support requiring employers’ health insurance to provide coverage for contraception. (HT: Mediaite)