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Pelosi needs brain transplant
Nancy Pelosi says birth control will help the US economy
Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House of Representatives, has angered conservatives by claiming that birth control will help the ailing American economy.
By Tom Leonard in New York
Last Updated: 12:20AM GMT 27 Jan 2009
The Democratic leader defended plans in the government's $825 billion (Â£600 billion) economic stimulus package to reimburse states for contraceptives and other family planning services given out as part of the Medicaid programme for people who cannot afford health insurance.
Mrs Pelosi said that "contraception will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government".
Mrs Pelosi, the mother of five children and grandmother to six, did not spell out exactly how fewer babies would help the economy.
But she told ABC television: "The family planning services reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children's health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs.
"One of those - one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government," she said in an interview on Sunday on ABC's This Week.
John Boehner, the House Republican leader, told Fox News: "Regardless of where anyone stands on taxpayer funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry, there is no doubt that this once little-known provision in the congressional Democrats' spending plan has nothing to do with stimulating the economy and creating more American jobs."
What comes out of her mouth is sheer idiocy. What she is saying is that fewer children mean less benefits to pay. Obviously she's not including her own descendants, so her comments are meant to apply to the poor. I guess that's one way to reduce the rolls. More people are just costs to the government.
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