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Haley's Birth Control Comments Puzzle Women's Advocates

Hosts of 'The View' challenged Haley after she said women don't care about contraception.

The tense exchange between Gov. Nikki Haley and hosts of "The View" has bristled some Palmetto state voters. 

"Women don't care about contraception," Haley said Tuesday after one of the hosts asked about her stance on women's rights. "They care about jobs and the economy and raising their families." 

Host Joy Behar quickly interrupted Haley. 

"We should care about contraception too," Behar said. 

“But that’s not the only thing we care about,” Haley said. “The media wants to talk about contraception.”

Behar responded again — this time to audience applause: “But when someone like Rick Santorum says he’s gonna take it away, we care.”

Drucilla Barker, director of the women's and gender studies program at the University of South Carolina, said Haley's remarks were contradictory. 

"My follow-up question to her would have been, 'Isn't contraception and the right to control when you're going to get pregnant essential to getting a good job?'" Barker said. "If women can't control their births or can only control them in a very difficult way, they're not going to achieve equality in the workforce." 

Haley's comment raised eyebrows at the women's studies program at College of Charleston, too.

"That is a rather idiotic statement, and it's an example of how out of touch she is with women of South Carolina and the nation. I — and a lot of other women — care about contraceptives and definitely care what happens to our bodies and our reproductive rights," women's studies major Lindsey Breitwieser said.

Shannon Staley of the South Carolina Access Initiative said that contraception is important to women because it affects how they make other choices.

"If women do not have control over their reproductive destinies, all of their other decision-making is moot," Staley said. "Every time you have intercourse, you have to face being a parent."

"Men are never faced with the choice that women are. The ultimate responsibility and ramifications of being intimate fall on women," Staley said. 

Haley ended the conversation by trying to clarify her comments. 

“While we care about contraception," Haley said, "let’s be clear, all we’re saying is we don’t want government to mandate when we have to have it and when we don’t. We want to be able to make that decision. We don’t need government making that decision for us."

Barker said the governor's response didn't make any sense. 

"If she wants government out of people's bodies, then why isn't she fighting these bills at the State House," Barker said, referring to the "personhood" bill - which states that life begins at conception — and other bills related to women's health.

For Breitwieser, Haley's clarification and the fact that Haley is the first female governor of the state didn't negate her statement.

"It doesnt make it any better for me. She's taking away a fundamental right to give credence to a fundamentalist thought," Breitwieser said. "It's a problem that she's a politician and she went on a national show and represented the women of South Carolina."

She added that while Haley is free to believe whatever she wants, she shouldn't be imposing her ideology on the women of her state. 

Haley was on the show to pitch her book , which was released Tuesday. 

Ralph Croydon April 05, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Haley got the talking points. The GOP con-job on the birth control coverage issue is their typical bait and switch. The issue was whether or not insurance should provide coverage for contraception. Very simple. And, the solution of requiring the coverage to be included in plans at no additional cost to consumers or employers is quite simple too. So what do Haley and her Republican pals do? Once again they prey upon the uninformed voter. She says "we don't want government telling us when we have to use birth control." Well guess what Nikki, the government didn't tell you - didn't even try to tell - when you had to use contraception of even if you had to use it. That choice is yours. Why don't you level with people in South Carolina and tell the truth for a change.
Dora Glasberg April 05, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Nikki making an idiotic statement. What next? Claiming she went to Gay Paree to look for jobs?
Dora Glasberg April 05, 2012 at 06:33 AM
She's pretty dumb for an Asian gal. Good to work against stereotypes.
Dora Glasberg April 05, 2012 at 06:37 AM
How many jobs did she bring back from Paris = 0
Tauraq1 April 05, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Joe you would love a ewe if the laws would allow it, but then you are a Abracadabratard
Tauraq1 April 05, 2012 at 10:10 AM
I tend to refer to them as ameriKKKan sheeple. who usually have their heads buried in the sphincter of the republitrash elephant. Just Saying
Joe April 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Do you live in Wisconsin or are you from Wisconsin, if you live there, STAY THERE! If you honestly believe that 2 men control the minds of milllions of voters then you quite simply are a moron!
Joe April 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
what an idiot your are.....
Willie April 05, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Listen up now. You can have all the contraception you want. Trust me. Liberals should be first in line. I don't want to pay for it. Abortion is not contraception. It's murder. I'm a female. I've used contraceptives. I paid for it myself.
Joe April 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
you go!
Joe April 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
the same liberals who love the right to abortion are the same ones arguing against slavery!
Charlestonian April 05, 2012 at 02:25 PM
At Joe: that last comment made absolutely no sense. It was akin to the scene in Talladega Nights where "peanut butter and Chinese food" was referenced. Nothing in common. Andyeah, I'm from SC and Haley needs to go back to Bamberg and work for her parents, not us.
Joe April 05, 2012 at 02:29 PM
quoting Talladega nights? you illiterate moron!
Doc April 05, 2012 at 03:13 PM
I think it was a PG movie, Joe couldn't get in.
Doc April 05, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Um, you're supposed to have more than five.
Joe April 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
i hope you enjoyed it, I was reading the Bible.
B April 05, 2012 at 04:06 PM
hey joe, does your bible teach you to hurl insults at other people every chance you get?
Mark Winter April 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It's okay, Joe. He obviously is controlled by only one man, the Messiah Obama.
Mark Winter April 05, 2012 at 04:50 PM
She says "we don't want government telling us when we have to use birth control." Well Ralph, if you and those that vote like you are so uninformed that you couldn't figure that one out for yourselves it's no wonder Obama got elected. Pay for your own birth control. Don't make me pay with my tax dollars for your inability to be a responsible adult.
Mark Winter April 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
And she still brought in more jobs to SC than Obama has.
KarenAnn April 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I completely agree! In similar fashion -- where the conservatards yell, "Drill Baby Drill" -- do they really miss the point that fossil fuels are a finite entity, and if we drill it all down today, there will be nothing left for our children? This is the argument that these ridiculous people use when talking about the debt. I'm left scratching my head. No one calls 'em out on this stuff.
David Harrison April 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Without simple, easy access to contraception it is difficult if not impossible for a woman to have a successful long-term career. When I started working in 1971, the reason given for why women were not given opportunities for advancement in the workplace was that one never knew when they might become pregnant and need to take extented leave from work. Contraception has made it possible for women to compete more evenly with men in the workplace. For Gov. Haley to state on television that "women don't care about contraception, but the economy" is crazy. For women, access to control of when and if to become a mother is essential to viable career and higher income. And to have a woman make such a statement is very insulting to all women.
kitty April 05, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Oh it would be so great if Romney picked this idiot as his running mate. She's even more stupid than Sarah Palin, and that's really something!
stanley seigler April 05, 2012 at 05:35 PM
@B: "...does your bible teach you to hurl insults..." aside: the Bible, to my limited knowledge, teaches neither greed nor racism as practiced by many professed christians.
Tauraq1 April 06, 2012 at 12:07 AM
My my another in denial Bigot, I guess after eight years of the dumbest moron ever selected to ruin this Nation. Seeing an African American Rhodes Scholar at the Helm is more then your pea brain can handle.
Tauraq1 April 06, 2012 at 12:10 AM
@mark Bah ha ha talk about uniformed, says the moron supreme who gets all it's talking points from rush "I had a butt pimple, so I used it as an excuse to avoid service during Vietnam" limpballs. Funny how sheeple are always a day late and a dollar short of common sense and intellect.
Tauraq1 April 06, 2012 at 12:11 AM
So you are pro Slavery??
Tauraq1 April 06, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Bah ha ha too funny but true. Joe is the poster child for why stupid people shouldn't pro-create
Tauraq1 April 06, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Bible belters were also members of the KKK, so Joe is right in line with he rest of the bible toting hypocrites
Sara Caldwell April 07, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Hello, TruthBeTold, I'm NOT surprised; I'm in SHOCK!!!!! I voted for this dumbie, (NOT knowing she was a dumbie at the time); BUT, now that we ALL know, we have a wonderful opportunity to take care of this in the next year or so! (DON'T WE)???? BeeBobJack2

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