Retrograde rep says: If you don’t have babies, you’re killing our civilization

Steve King

Steve King wants you to have babies -- or else. (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

Lots of politicians are anti-childfree and anti–reproductive choice. Most just don’t state their biases this baldly.

While ranting about the Obama administration’s decision to require health insurers to cover the full cost of prescription birth control, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said this last year:

Well, if you apply that preventative medicine universally, what you end up with is you’ve prevented a generation. Preventing babies from being born is not medicine. That’s not constructive to our culture and our civilization. If we let our birthrate get down below the replacement rate, we’re a dying civilization. And right now we’re about 2.1 babies per woman, 2.1. That’s just the replacement rate, that’s all it is.

Asked this week if he really meant that whole “dying civilization” thing, King repeated it:

What happens when people don’t have babies anymore? You’re a dying civilization, right?

No wonder the progressive CREDO super PAC has targeted King as a Tea Partier especially worthy of defeat.

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One response to “Retrograde rep says: If you don’t have babies, you’re killing our civilization

  1. Mr. King cannot count very well, can he? 7.17 BILLION humans on the planet. BILLION. That’s called a dying *planet*.

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