The Columbus Dispatch reported today that State Rep. John Becker, arguably the most extreme and misinformed Republican in the entire Ohio General Assembly, has plans to revise his bill to ban insurance coverage for birth control.   The current version of the bill would make it illegal to use IUDs.  When originally asked about the ban, Becker said he believed IUDs caused abortions, a claim that has no basis in reality.  “This is just a personal view,” said Becker.  “I’m not a medical doctor.”  

According today’s Dispatch article, Becker is now planning to remove the IUD ban from his bill because he suddenly realized that IUDs actually “prevent fertilization” instead of causing an abortion.  We like to think our post about where babies come from may have helped a little.

Sadly, Ohio’s Republican Attorney General  still seems to be living under the same misconception.

When AG Mike DeWine heard that the family-owned, arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby was suing the US Government to avoid providing birth control to its female employees, he jumped at the chance to get the State of Ohio involved.   In an amicus brief filed on behalf of the company, DeWine argued that Hobby Lobby should be able to discriminate against its employees because the very-religious company owners, like Becker, falsely believe that birth control somehow causes abortion.

The US Supreme Court will decide the case this week, determining whether a few for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby can claim to be religious beings with the right to discriminate against employees solely on the basis of their claimed religious “beliefs,” or whether science prevails and American women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies.

Regardless of the outcome, Mike DeWine has already made his anti-woman and anti-science position clear.

  • Retrofuturistic

    Uhhh, Ohio would be a lot better off without the Christian Tea Party. There’s an election coming. Act like you think it’s going to be honest.

  • dmoore2222

    Vote the little troll out! And toss out that creepy Becker dude, too.

  • buttrfli60

    If they allow this, what’s to stop companies from saying medical intervention is against their religious beliefs (Christian Scientists), and refusing to provide any healthcare at all?

  • Susan Riley

    Which is worse – that morons like Becker, DeWine, etc. are the ones “running” the country? ~OR~ there are enough morons in OH who vote them into office?

  • Think.

    More extreme? Maybe, but just as misinformed…

  • CherMoe

    Somebody needs to end this guy’s sex life for him AND cut off his coverage for VIAGRA. In FACT, we should BAN Viagra. It isn’t medically necessary, and it’s just a pleasure drug.

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