FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 16, 2012
NH's Rep. Blankenbeker to Married Couples: No Birth Control Needed, Practice Abstinence!
Concord Republican proposes alternative to ensuring birth control coverage
CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire's Representative Lynne Blankenbeker (R-Concord) told the public today that birth control coverage in health insurance plans is not necessary because people could instead purchase condoms out-of-pocket - or practice abstinence.
The remarks were in response to testimony by a doctor opposing late-entry House Resolution 29, which urges the United States Department of Health and Human Services to rescind its rule requiring health plans to cover preventative services for women such as contraceptives.
"I'd like to know how many couples in Rep. Blankenbeker's district see abstinence as a viable alternative to birth control," said Zandra Rice Hawkins, Director of Granite State Progress. "Or, more pointedly, does Rep. Blankenbeker think only a certain 'type' of woman uses the pill? Because study after study shows that the vast majority of American women use contraception."
This isn't the first time Rep. Blankenbeker's off-handed comments have generated public attention; last May she got in hot water for questioning the death of Osama bin Laden. It should be noted that Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker is a commander in the Navy Reserve and a nurse - who should have known better in each of these instances.
Rep. Blankenbeker can be reached at (603)225-7758 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org