It appears we all owe an apology to Ross Douthat for his defense of what now appears to a simple act  of self preservation

State Rep. Jeanine Notter, R-Merrimack, told a House committee earlier today that health insurance companies should not be required to cover birth control because the pill has recently been linked to prostate cancer.

Notter sits on the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committee, which held a public hearing today on House Resolution 29, “urging 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.”

Notter’s comments were caught on videotape and posted on YouTube by the advocacy group Granite State Progress.

“As a man, would it interest you to know that Dr. Bernstein just published an article that links the pill to prostate cancer?” Notter asked Rep. Andrew Manuse, R-Derry, who was testifying at the hearing.

“In the children that are born from these women?” Manuse asked.

Notter then offered to lend Manuse a copy of the study before telling him that she is against putting chemicals in her body and trying to explain her claim. The end of her explanation was that women take the pill and the chemical is in their body, but the end of her sentence about how it affects men is mostly unintelligible from the video.

I’m pretty sure it would have been unintelligible even if we could hear her in that the word “cooties” was undoubtedly invoked.