Introducing Possibly the Most Idiotic Anti-Abortion Argument by a Republican – Ever

Bob-GoodlatteIt wasn’t too long ago that I considered myself an independent, and in a lot of ways I still do.  While I call myself a “liberal,” I really don’t like labels.  It wasn’t until around 2006 or 2007 when I saw the Republican party start slipping toward dangerous levels of radicalism and insanity that I decided to “pick a side.”

Personally, I believe my political ideology is derived from common sense and logic — not a “liberal set of ideas.”  And while Democrats are far from perfect, Republicans have just lost their damn minds.

Take for instance what might be the most ridiculous anti-abortion argument ever.  I’m not kidding.  When I read this, I had to make sure I wasn’t reading satire.

During a debate over a new anti-abortion bill Republicans are pushing for (shocking, I know), Virginia Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte suggested that abortions are bad for the economy because more babies means more jobs.

No, really, that’s what he said:

“I would suggest that it is very much the case that those of us in the majority support this legislation because it is the morally right thing to do but it is also very very true that having a growing population and having new children brought into the world is not harmful to job creation.  It very much promotes job creation for all the care and services and so on that need to be provided by a lot of people to raise children.”

There’s so much stupidity within that comment it’s not even worth breaking down.

I’m not even going to get into how unplanned pregnancies can dig women into a hole of poverty so deep that they spend their entire lives trying to dig out of it or how unplanned pregnancies often prevent women from getting an education.

Just the fact that this imbecile’s argument against abortion is that he believes that more people means more jobs is ludicrous.

I guess he enjoys completely ignoring the reality that many of those babies born due to unplanned pregnancies will be born into poverty, to mothers who will rely on government assistance in order to provide for themselves and their new baby.

I’m sure soon after this meeting, Rep. Goodlatte will hold a meeting where he condemns social programs that help single mothers and impoverished children get the food and medical assistance they need.

Because that’s about the level of hypocrisy and ignorance many Republicans show every day.  They make asinine comments against abortion, such as this one made by Rep. Goodlatte, then come out condemning programs that help many children living in poverty get the life essentials they need like food and medical care.

But I will say, out of all the ridiculous comments I’ve seen Republicans make about abortion, Goodlatte’s ranks right up there as one of the most idiotic I’ve ever had the displeasure of trying to comprehend.

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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