04/04/2012 04:20 pm ET Updated Jun 04, 2012

Birth Control Debate: South Carolina Women's Advocates Address Nikki Haley Comments

Drucilla Barker, director of the women's and gender studies program at the University of South Carolina, said Gov. Nikki Haley's remarks were contradictory.

"My follow-up question to her would have been, 'Isn't contraception and the right to control when you're going to get pregnant essential to getting a good job?'" Barker said. "If women can't control their births or can only control them in a very difficult way, they're not going to achieve equality in the workforce."

The comment raised eyebrows at the women's studies program at College of Charleston, too.

"That is a rather idiotic statement, and it's an example of how out of touch she is with women of South Carolina and the nation. I - and a lot of other women - care about contraceptives and definitely care what happens to our bodies and our reproductive rights," women's studies major Lindsey Breitwieser said.

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