Contraception for the horses not people!

Katherine - posted on 06/26/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




During a month in which the anti-choice Republican and Tea Party majority in Congress and in many states have made it their priority mission to eliminate access to contraception for women here and abroad, and on the very same day that the House planned to vote to take away birth control for women living in poverty in the US and eliminate funding for international family planning, you will be happy to know that there is at least one group the GOP believes deserves access to contraception.

Wild horses.

Just a little while ago, according to reports from the House floor, a vote was held on an amendment introduced by Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN) to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from holding wild horses in pens and then slaughtering them.

Instead, says Burton, they should pursue “a much less costly and more human option – immunocontraception…”.

The amendment, as stated by Burton, is intended to reduce the Bureau of Land Management’s budget by $2 million and send a signal that the agency must reform its enormously wasteful and misguided program of capturing wild horses and burros and holding them in pens, rather than employing a much less costly and more humane option – immunocontraception to control herd size.

“Despite objections raised by Members of Congress, BLM continues its round up and removal policy, and is currently holding approximately 46,000 horses in pens. Total holding costs in FY10 were $36.9 million.”

Text of amendment: H.R. 1 OFFERED BY: MR. BURTON AMENDMENT NO. 485: At the end of the bill (before the short title), insert the following: SEC. ll. None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the gathers and removals of free-roaming wild horses and burros, except for the purpose of fertility control.

I agree that holding wild horses in pens is cruel and unusual punishment and that it is more humane to use this option.

What mystifies me is this: Access to contraception and other reproductive health services for low-income women and women struggling in poverty in the United States saves nearly $4.00 for every $1.00 spent by the federal government. Programs like Title X, which Burton and his comrades in the House are intent on gutting this same day, offer essential preventive services–detection and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, screening for breast and cervical cancer, contraception to plan families, and a wealth of other otherwise unavailable health services. These programs reduce the need for abortion, allow families to plan, reduce disease, and save countless dollars in reduced mortality and improved public health.

As I wrote this morning, eliminating international family planning funding–another amendment put forth today–would result in nearly 8 million moreunintended pregnancies among women living in poverty in other countries; an additional 3.7 million abortions, and 87,000 infant deaths this year alone.

Is this not cruel and unusual?

The House held a voice vote, apparently led by men too ashamed to go on record admitting that wild horses–no matter how worthy of our concern–garner more concern from the GOP than do thinking, breathing, sentient women worried every day how to feed and clothe and house their families.


I um, erm, uh, don't even know what to say. It's a joke right? April Fool's Day?

MOJO in the morning?


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Don't you get it yet? Birth Control is BAD! BIRTH CONTROL IS BAD! It allows women to determine the course of their own DESTINY! That is bad and sinful and wrong! They can't let the womenfolk do that. Bad enough we got the vote.

Dana - posted on 06/27/2011




Really this isn't even comparable. While I think it's utter bs that we're constantly battling to have free healthcare/contraceptives for low income woman, this (horse shit) is just a piece of crap issue wasting our time with - "They want this, we want that" - bs.


So, some people who happen to be Republicans would rather use immunocontraception than pen up or slaughter thousands of wild horses. - Sounds good to me.

For one this does not mean those same Republicans are fighting against funding for women to have access to free contraceptives. And two, this is the kind of bullshit that divides us from real issues. People need to start acting like adults in this country and quit pointing the finger like children "But they...blah, blah, blah..."

Tara - posted on 06/27/2011




Wow, things are going backward at an alarming rate down there in the US.
What is happening to the political structure that is causing this fundamental right wing policy making to occur?
What is happening that is leading to a marked increase in support for this crazy dogmatic approach to politics?
The supposed separation between church and state seems to be disappearing at a rapid rate.
Scary for women and children all over the world.

Amanda - posted on 06/27/2011




Wow thats just disgusting. Forget gay rights, woman need to start protesting for their own rights!

Katherine - posted on 06/26/2011




I've heard of three and five but not the others. They've done lost their minds.

***Edit to add six is so fucking chauvanistic it's not even funny.

Rosie - posted on 06/26/2011




it's fucking ridiculous. i just recently found this tidbit out along with a few other disgusting anti-women bull that the GOP keeps on trying to get passed.

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that couldmake it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said.Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing toeliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

it's fucking ridiculous. i cannot believe anybody supports the GOP, they make me want to puke.

Amanda - posted on 06/26/2011




Please tell me this is a joke. Saddens me that natural horse breeding is considered a bigger problem over poor families getting poorer because of children that can be prevented. Shakes head.

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