Arizona Republican Vice Chair Outrageously Advocates Sterilizing Women on Welfare

russell-pearceAnother day, another Republican proving the massive disdain the party has for the poorest among us.

Current Arizona GOP vice chair Russell Pearce, who’s also a conservative radio host and former state senator, recently advocated for the sterilization of women on welfare. Apparently because if you’re on welfare, you don’t deserve to be treated like a human being.

Pearce said, “You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I’d do is get female recipients Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations. Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to reproduce or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job.”

“I know there’s people out there who need help, and my heart goes out to them, too,” he continued. “But you know what? That should never be a government role. That’s a role for family, church, and community.”

Says the man who receives a government pension for holding several government positions throughout his career. I guess it’s not the role of the government to help the poorest among us, but it is the role of the government to provide him with a nice big pension package to use for his retirement.

First, let me address the absurd notion that women on welfare should be sterilized. I guess Constitutional rights mean nothing to him. Which is ironic considering he clearly seems to be a very right-wing conservative. To honestly suggest that women on welfare should be sterilized to prevent a pregnancy while receiving help from the government is appalling.

Second, his “plan” to drug and alcohol test those on welfare would cost the state so much money that they’d end up spending more testing people on welfare than anything else. Besides, alcohol is legal. Just because someone drinks doesn’t mean they’re using money they get from the government to pay for it. Is he advocating that someone who had a friend buy them a 12-pack of beer be kicked off government assistance because they dared to “fail” a random alcohol test? Besides, how exactly would you test for alcohol? Would you require that all people on welfare be “on call” to submit to random testing? Alcohol metabolizes fairly quickly. If someone has a scheduled “test” on Thursday, they could drink just about every day but Wednesday and Thursday before that test and probably pass whatever “alcohol test” they were given. Alcohol doesn’t behave like some drugs that can stay in someone’s system for days or weeks.

But then there’s the typical, and idiotic, right-wing talking point that the government should have no role in poverty. That it should be left up to local communities and churches. As if local communities and churches could raise the money necessary to provide for the tens of millions of Americans who rely on government assistance just to survive.

And let me go ahead and point out another fact of which this blowhard seems completely unaware: Millions of Americans who rely on government programs to survive have jobs

Also, it never ceases to amaze me how people like Pearce seem to not care at all that many of their “plans” for government programs would negatively impact tens of millions of innocent children.

Because when you target the adults who receive these benefits, you’re also going after the children who depend upon them.

Oh, and did I mention that Pearce was also a key figure behind Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law, and became the first state lawmaker in Arizona’s history to ever be recalled? So there’s that as well.

Just another great example of “conservative Christian values” being shown by the vice chair of the Arizona Republican party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Michael Siever

    Pro-life party, my ass!

  • bluelion

    And guess what Russell Pearce will be doing for a living: (quote taken from Phoenix New Times) Because not only does Pearce benefit from a generous public-employee pension born of his holding several government positions over the years, he recently scored a job working for Maricopa County Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins at the handsome salary of $85,000 per year.

    Among his duties are helping to promote participation in a county program known as theElderly Assistance Fund, which helps low-income seniors reduce their property taxes.

    That is, he’s helping to do exactly what he preaches against on his radio show.

  • FD Brian

    They shouldn’t be made to have those things, but they should be available for the woman to choose them so she does have control over her reproductive system. And the men should be offered vasectomies as well.

    • Sue Roediger

      exactly they should be advised about the wisdom of such precautions and have them cheap or free ..but not forced. After all this is not 1939 Germany.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Or ’40, or ’41, or ’42, or ’43, or ’44…

    • Stephen Barlow

      All on Medicaid AND on EVERY PPACA policy.


  • Mischievious

    When you are in the fetus, Republicans are your best friend. When you leave the fetus, they couldn’t care less about you.

    • jonjstrine42

      Man, I miss George Carlin. He definitely said it best:
      “Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re f**ked.”

      “Once you leave the womb, conservatives don’t care about you until
      you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for.
      Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead

      • Stephen Barlow

        God damn I miss George!!! He never pulled a punch.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        luckily we have lewis black to somewhat carry carlins torch

      • aeonsablaze

        I like Lewis Black. But he ain’t George. Not even close.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        ive seen both— carlin was greatest ever but black is now the best as he still makes us laugh. I miss robin williams

  • Dorothy Dill

    People need to pay attention to this. This is why they are closing abortion clinics. When they close clinics the ones who suffer are the poor. The wealthy can still afford to pay someone who will perform the procedure safely or they can afford to travel to a state that still has clinics open. Does anyone really believe the rich white men closing clinics across America honestly is doing that because they want more minority babies born to poor women. People better wake up because once they close those clinics….their next move will be to say America should not have to help feed your children and just like forcing people getting assistance to undergo drug testing….they are going to mandate sterilization if you want to feed your family. This has nothing to do with where tax dollars are being spent. This has everything to do with rich white people fearing the white race is losing its majority status in a nation of immigrants and minorities.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Drug testing citizens on public assistance has already been struck down as a Constitutional violation of privacy under the 4th Amendment in Florida and two other states (I believe), so for Arizona to become more evil, prejudiced and draconian would surely be rejected by the courts.

      But Hey, the GOP is the party of Liberty, Freedom and Justice for ALL! Right?

      • Dorothy Dill

        Some states may have stopped the drug testing but there are others that are allowing it. My Pastor says good people will never allow sterilization but I am afraid I am not so optimistic. In fact I’ve ready articles where a prison sterilized their female inmates, many of them against their will. Sadly I truly believe this is the ultimate goal of sick, racist politicians who are trying to preserve their white voting base 🙁

      • Stephen Barlow

        So have many mental hospitals and outside the US, by American missionaries and government funded organizations, tens of thousands of women have been sterilized without their knowledge of consent . They live barren and think it is their own fault, that they are defective and have miserable lives with men who count their worth in their children.

        Almost all this happens without any punishment under law.

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      why don’t we sterilize men who are causing the pregnancies of women who are not affluent?
      OH-I4GOT– its a GOP regressive war on WOMEN; that’s why they bitch about contraception but rush limpbaughs flaccid ‘manhood’ will have GODS WILL usurped by these spiffy chemicals which now allow men to be banging YOUNGER chics again.
      anyone notice how eric ” family man” bolling is dying his hair? hey eric: why would a ‘happily’ married man do that??

    • carterfan

      Your so right Dorothy Old rich fat white men desperately clinging to their power above all .They care about nothing else…..that’s what the Koch Bros. are all about

      • Dorothy Dill

        You are right. Plain and simple….greedy for power and greedy for money. By the way….I’m guessing your name is referring to Jimmy Carter. I too am a fan. I Love Carter, Clinton, and Obama. When Bush was campaigning against Gore his slogan was America needed integrity back in the white house. I said if that is what the republicans truly value then they should have loved Carter because I can not think of another president who had more integrity than him. However, the republicans scandalized him also and Reagan’s campaign slogan was we needed sophistication back in the white house. Such a shame. The republicans willl come up with anything to try and make a democratic president look bad. However, I think our man Obama may be doing such a good job, they may have a difficult time coming up with scandalous slogans :).

  • Fernando

    I’m sure this nut job is also against abortion, the other way not to reproduce people like him!

    • Stephen Barlow

      He should be wearing his shriveled balls as a necklace!

  • Eg Kbbs

    So if you do a tubal ligation and the person subsequently pulls themselves off welfare as a productive member of society, how to you undo what you did ?

    And are we back to those preaching eugenics like back in the 1920s and 30s? How did that turn out on the world stage ?

    • Cemetery Girl

      Reversal can be attempted, but it is expensive and there are no assurances that it will work.

      I’m kind of curious what happens if the woman has no or one child? What if she is under 25 or 30. Standards can vary some from doctor to doctor and hospital to hospital, but almost none will preform a tubal ligation on a woman under 25 with no children. It can vary though. Some will require a woman to have more than one child; some require the patient to be at least 30. The general medical consensus is this is a perminant surgery and a woman should meet certain guidelines to help reduce regret later. Just like it is unusual for a doctor or hospital to allow a tubal to be performed directly after giving birth to a baby unless the choice (and paperwork) was made in advance? Why? Immediately following the pain of delivery it isn’t uncommon for a woman to have no desire to do that again. They don’t want a woman making an impulsive choice (possibly while under strong pain killers) that she could later regret. The medical community looks at the choice to have this procedure as a serious choice, but this guy just wants to force it on people.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Isn’t it cheaper and easier to have PRO CHOICE medicaid?

  • Eg Kbbs

    Dumb Question: As some Christians oppose birth control (such as Hobby Lobby), to the point that the repubs have repeatedly worked to take it out of the ACA, can you give me a rational argument why it is not only OK but demanded for those on welfare ?

    • Stephen Barlow

      And at public expense!!!!

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      regressive republican religious mantra:
      ” DO AS I SAY,,,,,,,,,NOT AS I DO”

    • carterfan

      These corporate whore’s aren’t christian’s their not anything except watever their corporate master’s want them to be at any given moment today’s Republican party represents old rich white men clinging to a image of life in the 1950’s when they held all the cards ……that’s what their ideology is all about…..nothing more…..control over the minority groups and control over women.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    Guess he thinks he is judge and jury in everyone’s lives. Get rid of the over- the – top government pensions and corporate welfare which costs us all a hell of a lot more! Bigoted much?

  • Kristine Evenson

    What about the men that are on welfare?

    • Stephen Barlow

      They would get free hookers from Pearce, to “keep the plumbing cleared”.

  • Kristine Evenson

    Well then, it would only be fair to also make sterilization mandatory for all those receiving corporate welfare.

    • Stephen Barlow

      ABSOLUTELY!!! A vasectomy for every executive and manager. A sex change and vasectomy for every female exec…

      Better yet, a sex change for every male manager. The result is a sterile female.

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      and no going against the CHRISTIAN “gods” will!!! after all……………….. its “god” who makes creeps such as limpbaugh flaccid and impotent: therefore aren’t they subverting GOD by using secular science such as VIAGRA?? or HAIR COLOR for men? ( see: eric bolling) Hmmmmm– god does something; and it s OK for REEEE-PUBLICANS to use ‘science’ to overtun GODS law?

      • What is it that makes you a gross degenerate who “loves shemale porn?” I’m guessing it’s not God. You are a pig.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        hey little dick DIRL ( loserville),,,,,,,,,,,,,
        GIAN KEYS is a white trash regressive republican crybaby living ( living? broke?) in LA California– and he has a taste for SHEMALE porn.
        I have his name and face up as MY avatar to ” honor ” his loser life
        wanna double down with ANOTHER insipid comment to show ur intellect again?
        sounds 2 me that U suckle the dead flaccid TETE of a religion who claims some dead gay jewish fisherman/carpenter is “god”

      • plusaf

        I suggest you keep libertarians, atheists and many Millennials out of that poll, ok?
        As a paraphrase to a comment in a recent Atlantic Magazine article put it, “Millennials have grown up with hundreds of cable channels and a wealth of choices of technology products… Most can’t understand why there are only TWO ‘major political parties’ each of which date back so far in time as to be irrelevant to them!”

  • forpeace

    In that case, I would like to see Russell Pearce sterilizing Michele Bachmann!

    The Queen of Welfare Michele Bachmann and her husband have been collecting federal government subsides for the family farm, and for her husband’s clinic for years on taxpayers’ dime.

    How about “Sterilizing Men on Welfare?”

    Let’s start by Paul Ryan, this is what he said on 2012 VP debate:
    “My family and I were enjoying Government Social Programs for years.”

    How about Ted Cruz’s father Pastor Rafael Bienvenido Cruz?
    He and his family have been enjoying all government assistance and social programs for years, including Medicare, Social Security, and other social programs and benefits provided by the federal government he hates so much courtesy of taxpayers money.

    Unless, it is only welfare if someone else who is in need uses it.

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      if they want contraception/abortion illegal,,,,,,,,,also make rush limpbaughs VIAGRA illegal

  • Cemetery Girl

    What strikes me is that he believes these women should rely on their families. What about women that are trying to escape toxic family ties? A wife fleeing a violent relationship should have a choice of an abusive husband financially providing for her and their children or take away any option of children in the future because she’s trying to restart her life?

    Heck, why not sterilize children too? What better way to abolish the “cycle of poverty” then to make sure children in poverty can’t go on to have more children in poverty. (I do understand that poverty consists more of individuals that fall and rise from poverty and is not a consistent state of their family line.)

    Even tubal ligation is not truly considered infallible. It is possible to attempt to reverse the procedure (although it is expensive and not certain to work.) There are also occasional occurrences where a woman becomes pregnant despite having had a tubal. This is an accepted fact in medicine, it will not be considered an error and won’t be grounds for lawsuit. That said, no one should be forced into this. Want to offer free tubal ligation to women on government assistance, fine. Some women will gladly take up this offer because they have decided they have as many children as they want and this offers them an expensive procedure that they want. Forcing it is wrong. I know women that had to have hysterectomy because of medical problems and it pains them. Even some women that felt strongly that they were done having children or did not want to have children will mourn that loss of choice. They haven’t changed their mind on the view they held before, but they are saddened that the ability to change their mind has been stripped from them. This happens in women that for the sake of their health or life they lost the ability to carry a child, imagine if it was forced on you in order to have a basic standard of life even if your circumstances were temporary?

    • Stephen Barlow

      FORCING any sexual decisions is WRONG, across the board. The BEST teen pregnancy prevention would actually be a semester of Fellatio and a semester of Anal Intercourse. Make them Co-ed classes and have the boys learn how to make it much more enjoyable for the girls.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Sometimes (in cases of a hysterectomy) there isn’t much choice or time to think about it before hand. I know someone that finally went to the doctor for her accessive bleeding and pain. They discovered uterine cancer. A week later they did a full hysterectomy (ovaries, uterus, all) because she was fairly advanced. I know someone else that started hemorrhaging after having a baby. It required a hysterectomy (only removing the uterus). Those are difficult situations because the choice is basically forced but for a valid reason. This guy is suggesting something that shouldn’t be forced.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Amen to that!!!! I think carpetmunching should be taught by certified lesbians!

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        that’s a bit deep for the people on this thread; but I do not disagree

      • Stephen Barlow

        TY. How’s the search for meaning going?

  • Stephen Barlow

    The GOP seldom actually resorts to Hitleresque or Stalinist policy, but this time, he’s advocating having Dr. Mengele resurrected and employing him by the tax payer. It DOES NOT get more Hitleresque than that. I suppose that he would demand that Medicaid refuse to cover the cost of anesthesia.

    I wonder what his stand on Medicare Birth Control coverage is. If he believes in this he most CERTAINLY should believe in automatic, ‘no interference, abortion on demand. It is a hand in glove policy pairing. Wold he have Medicaid cover that too?

    How lame do you think his faux apology and semi retraction will be? or do you think he’ll double down and DEMAND that the CHILDREN of public assistance recipients be sterilized Hitler style as well?

  • buricco

    And as for people who HAVE no family, friends or folk to help them? I live in a city where it is said 60% of the population is on some form of public assistance, and it would not at all surprise me if people on public assistance are encouraged to move here because of the lower standard of living.

  • LadyeCatte

    Jerk. Still pretending he wasn’t best buds with white supremacist/baby murderer J.T. Ready. We don’t have to see his name on the membership rolls of the Council of Conservative Citizens. We know it’s there right along with Ron Paul’s.

  • rossbro

    Christian values, my ass !!!

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      21st century schizoid christians

  • carterfan

    I wish the people who vote for Republican’s read and actually paid a little attention instead of just watching Faux Noise and the radio propaganda programs……maybe enough of those brainless wonder’s would have a change of heart

  • forpeace

    There is an update to this news:

    The silly Arizona GOP vice chair Russell Pearce resigns after saying poor women should be sterilized.

    That is a good news.

  • I thought these were good ideas. Pearce just didn’t present them well.
    There are all these people making a living off having children they
    cannot afford. They cannot pay doctors for deliver. They cannot buy food
    for these kids. I think people should never be banned from procreating;
    however, if a woman has one child – fine. If she wants to have more,
    fine, but if she wants to have more and still be supported by the state,
    then at child 2+ she must get a birth control device. If she ever wants
    to stop living on the dole, she’s welcome to discontinue her welfare
    and continue having children.