Bachmann: Women ‘can make their own choices for… their own bodies’

By David Edwards
Sunday, April 15, 2012 14:42 EDT
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Michele Bachmann speaks to NBC
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who wants to outlaw abortion and restrict coverage of female contraception, on Sunday insisted that Republican members of Congress “want women to have their own choices.”

During a Sunday interview on NBC, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) spoke out against a Republican effort to allow employers to restrict health plans from covering contraceptives for women.

“The Republican Party of the House of Representatives have made it part of their agenda that they want bosses to tell women what medicines they are eligible to take,” she explained. “Nothing could be more insulting. Ninety-nine percent of America’s women take birth control in their lifetime. This is a debate that has long been settled.”

“But this Congress — starting with H.R. 1 — has made an effort…,” Gillibrand said, before she was interrupted by the Minnesota congresswoman.

“That’s a false portrayal,” Bachmann argued. “What we want is women to be able to make their own choices. We want women to make choices.”

“Not when your boss tells you, you can’t,” Gillibrand pointed out.

“We want health savings accounts and the ability to be able to make their own choices in health care,” Bachmann insisted. “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 their future on their own bodies,” she added.

Watch to the video below from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast on April 15, 2012.


(H/T: Think Progress)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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