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For Alaskan senator Pete Kelly, birth control isn’t the best form of contraceptive, but taking a pregnancy test in a bar is a great idea.

According to Jezebel, during a Senate meeting on Monday, Kelly claimed that in an effort to reduce fetal alcohol syndrome, the state should place pregnancy tests in bars so women could tell when they were preggers and therefore wouldn’t drink.

“If you have people who are binge drinking or chronic drinkers, we’re hesitant to say ‘use birth control as your protection against fetal alcohol syndrome,’ because again, as I say, binge drinking is a problem,” he said. “If you think you can take birth control and then binge drink and hope not to produce a fetal alcohol syndrome baby, you may be very wrong. Sometimes these things don’t work. Sometimes people forget. Sometimes they administer birth control improperly, and you might produce a fetal alcohol syndrome baby.”

He also states that the tests would be government funded and would prevent the number of fetal alcohol babies from increasing.

Contrary to Sen. Kelly’s knowledge, birth control is used to prevent pregnancies – not fetal alcohol syndrome. Kelly spoke to reporters after his statements and stood by them. He expressed his dislike for birth control because you know, priorities.

“Kelly told the Anchorage Daily News last week that the assumption behind his push to put pregnancy tests in bars and restaurants is “if you know you’re pregnant, you won’t drink. This assumes that if you know (you are pregnant) you’ll act responsibly,” he said. “Birth control is for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly.”

So if you take birth control to prevent pregnancy you aren’t responsible? If we’re not mistaken, that is the whole point of birth control and other contraceptives.

We understand his stance on fetal alcohol syndrome, but it’s one thing to try to rule over women’s reproductive rights.