Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza responded to a tweet by actor Jessica Chastain about losing the birth control mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act by suggesting abstinence as a solution.
Chastain tweeted birth control was not going to be covered by health insurance (which has not yet been determined) and said, “Congrats USA, you’re doing your part to keep women out of the work force.”
In response, Garza tweeted, “It’s called abstinence, a word that has been forgotten amongst this generation... it’s the best contraceptive... #juat saying (sic).”
Media such as The Big Lead were quick to point out Garza has six children, the oldest having been born when he was 18, so he might not be the best one to advocate abstinence or birth control.
Furthermore, Garza was famous for tweeting in 2013 about how women don’t need to tell men how to play baseball when fellow player Eric Sogard’s wife Kaycee apparently did so.
“This is what happens when actresses don’t stick to acting and sports people don’t stick to sports,” The Big Lead’s Kyle Koster concluded.
Contraception is used by some women to balance their hormones or treat other conditions like endometriosis or premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Garza did concede that point on Twitter and apologized to those with those conditions, saying “I meant no disrespect.”
Yahoo Sports pointed out that abstinence-only sex education was not effective in preventing unwed teen pregnancy, and that Garza was an unwed teen father until he married his wife in 2008, when his first child was 6 years old.
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