....except if you're pregnant and you choose not to be anymore. Or if you choose to have sex out of wedlock and you choose not to get pregnant. Or if you choose to be pregnant and you also choose to have sex out of wedlock with your partner and a female Planned Parenthood staffer named Alixz while all three of your sweaty, naked bodies are writhing in an American flag atop Ronald Reagan's grave. Okay, that last one's kind of a stretch, but if those happened to be the choices you made, it's safe to say Michele Bachmann wouldn't take too kindly to those either.

While criticizing "Obamacare" on Meet the Press last Sunday, Rep. Michele Bachmann — who has notoriously advocated for a full ban on abortion, even in the case of rape or if the woman's health was in jeopardy, and once claimed that birth-control coverage would lead to a national one-child policy — opened her frosted, pink, Drew Barrymore-pre-getting-hotted-up-in-the-1999-teen-classic-Never Been Kissed lips to say something that, given her pre-established stance on women's rights, would make Betty Friedan roll over in her grave:

"We want women to make their own choices in health care. You see that's the lie that happens under Obamacare. The President of the United States effectively becomes a health care dictator. Women don't need anyone to tell them what to do on health care. We want women to have their own choices, their own money, that way they can make their own choices for the future of their own bodies."

Great. Awesome. Thanks for coming out every once in a while, Michele. It's good to see feminism still alive and well and poking its little head out from the Gopher State. 

Commentarium (20 Comments)

Apr 15 12 - 11:38pm
fm

as abhorrent as her total misunderstanding of the meaning of choice and bodily autonomy is, I still wish comment and criticism regarding female public figures didn't nearly ubiquitously include comments on things like lipstick. not the most subtle shade, I agree, just not sure the focus on Bachmann's lips would please Friedan either.

Apr 15 12 - 11:41pm
Greg

Abortion, the Liberal's Sacrament.
Perhaps E.J. you should look at what happens with your single payer wet dream to women's health care:
"Breast cancer sufferers denied two drugs on NHS
Thousands of women with aggressive breast cancer will be denied two drugs that could extend their lives because they do not offer "value for money", under draft NHS guidance."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9079213/Breast-cancer-suffe...

Well, if you get breast cancer in the UK you're shit out of luck but you can sure get an Abortion AND THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS!

Apr 15 12 - 11:49pm
RW

No, Greg, all that really matters is that you can still get your boner pill. Duh.

Apr 16 12 - 12:08am
Greg

I love how you Liberal Women think men are hitting up their insurance for viagra and its somehow the equivalent of abortion or birth control pills. You really have no clue about how men think do you?

Have fun getting your ovarian cancer treated in Obama's America!

Apr 16 12 - 1:13am
demo kid

And getting hysterical about Obama without reading the entire article -- the conservative's sacrament!

If you'd read the story, you'd see that the drugs in question cost $80,000 a year, and provide at best 6 months of life to end-stage patients (and that is not certain). It isn't just the "single payer wet dream" that balks at the cost for that benefit -- a number of private insurance companies in the US don't cover it either.

The only thing that this shows is that when the government is the insurer, decisions on funding care actually have to be based on evidence, instead of on last-ditch efforts enabled by drug companies looking to turn a profit on providing false hope.

Apr 16 12 - 1:14am
demo kid

Oh, and breasts and ovaries are different body parts, btw.

Apr 16 12 - 1:18am
RW

Hate to break it to you Greg - I'm a guy. You're right, tho, it's a false equivalency. Birth control is actually a part of a woman's health program, whereas drugs like Viagra are essentially recreational. Which makes it so weird that there's no debate whatsoever about whether or not Viagra should be covered by insurance, yet birth control - in any form - continues to be discussed and discounted.

Apr 16 12 - 1:55am
Greg

@demo kid OH MY GOD ... So if the government decides to let people die because its too expensive to pay for their treatment that's ok but if a corporation does it, well that's wrong!
Btw, Canada (your favorite single payer socialist system) pays for it ... so one single payer socialist system says its worth it but another doesn't ... gee, doesn't that give some pause for thought? WHY WOULD THEY DISAGREE?

Apr 16 12 - 11:35am
RM

If the people want the drugs, they can pay for them. Just go to the pharmacist and pay. Don't have the money? I am truly sorry, but asking other people to fund care with limited benefit is not right either. Who defines 'limited' is the rub. Someone has to and I am ok with it as long as people can go to the private market and get the care on their own nickel.

Apr 16 12 - 9:34pm
Greg

So birth control pills take precedence over cancer treatment in your vision of health care.
That's great.
btw, those drugs WON'T be available because the pharamecutical companies won't be able to develop them without enough people buying them.

Apr 16 12 - 2:02am
Greg

Here's the latest report on the failing Canadian Single Payer Health Care system prepared by Simon Fraiser University:
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-...

Hmmm, 12 week MEDIAN wait time for Tubal Ligation in Canada!
I wonder what the wait time is for an Abortion in Canada?

Apr 16 12 - 3:31am
LT

Our medical system may not be perfect but I would never trade it for the (current) American system.

Apr 16 12 - 9:29am
what?

Understand the the Canadian system doesn't move people to the front of the line for elective surgery. If the tubal ligation is a choice then it can wait, if there are serious health implications for the surgery then it moves to the front of the line.

Most sterilization surgery is elective.

Apr 16 12 - 9:26pm
Greg

@LT 1 percent of Canadians do trade their system for ours every years according to the report.
Suppose they don't want to die for the sake of Single Payer.

@what There's no rhyme or reason to the wait times. There are surgeries which aren't elective that have huge wait time. Look at the report.

Apr 16 12 - 5:38am
owen

The American health care system is just like the American House of Congress; they're both the best that money can buy.

Apr 16 12 - 6:39am
Frankly...

I wish the American System would let more people die.

(Especially the people who think the internet is the place to show off their great analytical skills.)

Fuck 'em; their mothers should have aborted them long ago.

Apr 16 12 - 3:14pm
NorthernWes

Greg, You FoxNews types make completely unsupportable statements by cherry picking headlines and quoting reports without context. Here's the hard cold truth in Canada - when people (any body - even those without health "insurance") need medical care in Canada, they get it. And it doesn't bankrupt us. Read up on Helene Campbell. If she lived in the US, what were her chances of being able to fund it. If she was unlucky enough to be the child of a self-employed couple, zippo. If she was the child of a single parent, nearly zippo. If she was the child of (horrors!) unemployed people - death sentence. That's the reality of your "every man for himself" health system. Are there improvements to be made? Sure. But do what you do in the US. No thanks.

Apr 16 12 - 9:30pm
Greg

Sorry, this isn't Fox News its YOUR Fraser Institute.
And here's the hard cold truth in Canada - (from your report)

"The results of this year’s survey indicate that despite high levels of health expenditure and provincial wait time strategies, it is clear that patients in Canada are waiting too long to receive treatment."

You have been bamboozled by you government and propagandists here.

Apr 18 12 - 4:06pm
Just so you know...

The Fraser Institute and Simon Fraser University aren't the same thing. The Fraser institute is a private, quite conservative think tank. Simon Fraser University is a public, fairly liberal university. And I'll take wait times over letting uninsured people die all day long.

Apr 16 12 - 9:47pm
Greg

"Abortion wait in Ottawa hits six weeks"

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/article786270.ece