• Mon, Feb 24 - 4:39 pm ET

Virginia Senator Steve Martin Regrets Calling Pregnant Women ‘Hosts,’ Meant To Say ‘Baby Machines’

206522_137222013016319_5988374_nLast week, Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin (R) received a “Valentine’s” card from The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition. Clearly, it was not a love note – it was more of a request for him to stop assaulting women with anti-choice legislation. He obviously didn’t get it. The bonus was, his response really let women know what he thinks of them – specifically referring to pregnant women as “hosts.”

Here’s the letter:

On behalf of women’s Heath advocates across Virginia, we are disappointed in your record of voting to restrict access to critical healthcare for women and families. All women deserve access to their full range of reproductive health options – including preventing unintentional pregnancies, raising healthy children, and choosing safe, legal abortion – and your votes only make it more difficult for Virginians to plan and provide for their families. We are watching your actions closely, and hope that you will reconsider your position on this critical issue. Please don’t break our hearts.

- The Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition

He reacted by posting the letter on Facebook (which I would link to but it’s been made private in the last five minutes) and writing a lengthy response, which he starts with, “If it’s your expectation that I should support such nonsense, I will be breaking your heart.”

Nonsense? Hmm. So, preventing unintentional pregnancies and raising healthy children is nonsense? I don’t think so. Now, limiting access to birth control while also opposing abortion – that’s nonsense. Why can’t these anti-choicers ever understand that less access to birth control equals more abortion? It’s a pretty clear cause and effect if you ask me. But then again, I wouldn’t be looking to this guy for sound reasoning. Especially after reading this statement:

I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because [HOST] (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive.

At 3:10 pm today, after the media picked up this story, Martin changed his Facebook post – replacing the word “host” with “bearer of the child.” Too late. You illustrated perfectly the contempt you have for women by calling them “hosts.” But thanks! This is exactly the kind of written documentation we need to prove to ourselves that we’re not crazy for feeling like this kind of anti-choice sentiment disregards our humanity.

Martin did support a fetal personhood bill which would ban all abortions and potentially affect the legality of some forms of contraception. The bill recognizes the personhood “at the moment of fertilization.” It is almost certain that this would seep into a woman’s contraceptive choices in the future:

To mitigate Democrats’ concerns, Del. Vivian Watts (D-Fairfax) tried to attach an amendment to the bill that would declare that nothing in it could be construed to outlaw any form of legal contraception, since some kinds of birth control have the potential to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. The House voted 64 to 34 against considering the amendment.

Rather than own up to the hard work he does ensuring women do not have control over their reproductive health, he acts like he’s being accused of ambushing people in their bedrooms or standing outside the local Publix, karate-chopping condoms out of women’s hands. I hate political double-speak. Don’t take back the “host” comment – is obviously what you think. Also, don’t pretend like you are not voting for legislation that would potentially affect a woman’s access to contraception and health care.

I prefer anti-choice woman-haters to be up front about their thoughts. I like to know the enemy.

(photo: Facebook)

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  • Guest

    EEeeeesh. Host. Eeeeeeesh.

  • Kat

    Ahh, Republicans. The party that believes babies in the womb are precious beings but once born become freeloaders and the next generation of welfare queens. “But of course you should KEEP the baby! Oh, you have no job/health insurance/security? No social safety net for you. Enjoy your life. Bye.”

  • keelhaulrose

    If I’m nothing more than a host, then by his logic my fetus is nothing more than a parasite.
    Fetuses, tapeworms, same thing in the end, right?

    • Crusty Socks

      Well, technically, you’d be a hostess b/c you’re a chicky

  • Crusty Socks

    More better euphemisms he could have used:

    1. Oven
    2. Incubation Unit
    3. Xerox Machine
    4. Muliplicator
    5. Fire in the Hole!

    • Sara

      If you’re a teenager that gets pregnant are you an easy bake oven?

    • Valerie

      I liked vessel when I was knocked up. It sounded kind of Viking-y. Which suited me nicely.

  • jane

    Maybe when he’s picturing women in labor, he’s thinking of this

    • Crusty Socks

      Wow, that’s quite a penis

  • Sara

    He might as well have called women toaster ovens >:( and if we’re “hosts” doesn’t that mean a baby is a parasite?

  • Angela

    Ugh. Someone posted a FB rant the other day claiming that the idea that birth control prevents abortions is total BS because women who have sex without birth control have already accepted pregnancy as a possibility and so would be less likely to abort.

    Newsflash: Only a minority of women who seek abortions were consistently using birth control at the time of conception. Also restricting access to birth control does not make people more open to having children. It just restricts their options to prevent it.

  • Kelly

    I’m not surprised. People like him think of women as less than human. The truly tragic thing is how many women share his opinion and think of themselves as simply less than human “hosts.”

  • Williwaw

    As soon as I heard the word “host”, I thought “Alien”. I knew I shouldn’t have been with that Facehugger nine months ago.

  • Rachel Sea

    Is it too late for his mom to abort him?

  • Armchair Observer

    Sadly not that Steve Martin.

    You know, the funny one? The banjo player?

    • CrazyFor Kate

      Yeah, I’d wondered if the famous one had just gone into politics to troll us all.

  • Kay_Sue

    Maybe….?

  • Amber Starr

    Face, meet palm.

  • Blueathena623

    “I didn’t mean to kill the senator, your honor. Its just that I’m the host of a fetal serial killer and thus no longer a person myself. And its the fetus making me give you the finger, not me. “