How someone can go form the topic of “birth control” to an offhand, stereotypical comment about Appalachia is beyond me. But apparently, Pat Robertson has it figured out. While giving a supporting argument for the use of birth control, Robertson highlights the apparent ignorance of Appalachia. Link: http://cbn.com/tv/2577152429001
“That’s the big problem, especially in Appalachia. They don’t know about birth control. They just keep having babies. And you see a string of all these, you know, little ragamuffins you know, and not enough food to eat and so forth; and it’s desperate poverty.”
Wow Pat, thanks for the nod. In addition to pronouncing “Appalachia” like some sort of outsider (Pat is from Lexington, VA which is in Appalachia), Pat is apparently misinformed about birthrates in America. According to the babycenter:
Utah had the highest birth rate, with 88 births per 1,000 women age 15 to 44. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming had more than 70 births per 1,000 women.
This sort of argument serves only to “other” Appalachia, and create a mindset that the region is an American colony, not a region of the country.