STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?
PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They 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.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?
PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.
Seriously Nancy? There is so much wrong with that statement that I don’t even really know where to start. Did someone not tell you that free birth control has been available for quite a while? Guess what: it doesn’t do any good when people don’t use it.
The solution to your problem is not to prevent people from having babies – it’s to minimize their dependence on the programs that are bankrupting the country. If you plan on bearing the financial burden for every person in the country, then naturally the solution to economic problems is less people to provide for. However, in real life, doesn’t it make a lot more sense to focus on what you can control – which is how much you’re spending on those programs? You’re not going to control how many babies people have unless you want to turn into China.