Bradley University, Ill.: Romney says people should vote “for the other guy” if they want “free stuff” like female contraception.

I guess Romney doesn’t understand rule number one about college: FREE STUFF IS KING. Seriously - if you want people to show at your event, you offer free food, or free t-shirts, or something that is free. COLLEGE KIDS WANT “FREE STUFF” ESPECIALLY CONTRACEPTION.

So, to re-cap, Mitt Romney is against everything college kids hold dear: free stuff and the ability to have sex without fear of pregnancy. Good work, Mittens.



Eight female state senators in Georgia walked out of the Senate chambers on Wednesday to protest two bills that hinder access to abortion and contraceptives. All eight female democratic senators left the chambers together after two bills they oppose passed the Republican-led Senate. From Atlanta’s WXIA, the legislation:

  • Prohibits state employees from using state health benefits to pay for abortions
  • Does not allow employees of private religious institutions to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives

“We stood together to protest what we feel is absolutely a war on women here in Georgia and we want to sound the alert to Georgians,” said Sen. Nan Orrick.

Republican state senator Joshua McKoon said of the legislation, “What I would say is the war that’s being waged is on a religious minority in this country that has strong beliefs that are protected by the First Amendment.”

The bills now heads to the House, where both are expected to pass.

The senators who walked out: Sen. Gloria ButlerSen. Gale Davenport, Sen. Nan Orrock, Sen. Freddie Powell SimsSen. Donzella James, Sen. Miriam Paris, Sen. Valencia Seay and Sen. Horacena Tate. Looks like I’ll be spending my Friday night emailing these senators to thank them for taking a stance on an incredibly important issue.



On his “conscience” bill - The Blunt Amendment - Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) said the following in a February press release:

This bill would just simply say that those health care providers don’t have to follow that mandate if it violates their faith principles. This is about the First Amendment. It’s about religious beliefs. It’s not about any one issue.

Except that it is about one issue: a woman’s choice.

It’s about her choice to follow her own principles, be those in faith or godless heathenism. It’s about her choice whether or not to use contraception based on those principles.

The Blunt Amendment tells me women should not be allowed to make that choice. Rather, the employer makes those health care decisions for the entire company based on his or her own moral compass. Keep in mind this amendment is applicable to any kind of health coverage and allows employers to opt out of coverage based on “their religious beliefs and moral conviction.”

From S.182:

[The Affordable Care Act] does not allow purchasers, plan sponsors, and other stakeholders with religious or moral objections to specific items or services to decline providing or obtaining coverage of such items or services, or allow health care providers with such objections to decline to provide them.

By creating new barriers to health insurance and causing the loss of existing insurance arrangements, these inflexible mandates in PPACA jeopardize the ability of individuals to exercise their rights of conscience and their ability to freely participate in the health insurance and health care marketplace.

I’m thoroughly entertained by legislative language like the sentence I bolded above. You’d think the Affordable Care Act forced employers to escort their female employees to the Abortionplex.



David Frum: Why the Birth Control Issue Stings


Right now, hundreds of thousands of young Americans are using birth control to delay pregnancies they want, but feel they cannot currently afford.

If this poll is correct, almost one-third of young Americans have delayed starting a family because of the bad economy.

Think about how last night’s debate sounded from the point of view of such people.

They are starting their careers in the worst economy since the Great Depression. Even when recovery comes, they face narrowing life prospects in an economy where more and more of the rewards are taken by fewer and fewer hands. The party on display on the stage in Mesa proposes that most of the burden of fiscal adjustment fall on their generation—while exempting the more fortunate generations now over 55. And as they try to cope responsibly with these harsh circumstances by postponing fertility, they hear one of our two great parties debating whether they are doing something morally objectionable—and nobody raising a sympathetic voice on their behalf or expressing any understanding or even acknowledgement of their situation.

Remember that saying about voters do not care what you know, until they know that you care? When the GOP candidates talk about contraception, they need to remember to signal that they understand and care about the difficulties of the young people—and especially the young women—who use that contraception, for reasons important to them, in an economy that prevents so many of them from making the choices they most want to make.


Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the current battle over insurance plans that cover contraception.

“Lets just start with what the statute says,” Warren said. “The statute says that in effect any employer or any insurance company can decide that it has a personal moral objection to providing any kind of health care coverage for anyone and therefore they’re not going to do it. So, if your employer says, ‘You know, I don’t like that vaccine thing, I’m going to have an insurance policy that doesn’t cover it for your children’… that’s just too bad you’re out there on your own now.”

She added that the bill allows employers and insurance companies to “design” the health insurance system.

“This is just a cold political calculation,” Warren continued. That they can appeal to the employers and insurance companies, who might not want to spend money, and at the same time try to stir up some kind of misinformation among people of good faith by calling this an attack on religion. I think this is why people really hate politics.”


Instead of focusing on helping the President and Congressional Democrats get the economy turned around and create jobs and putting our nose to the grindstone and sitting around the table, locking ourselves in a room and not leaving until we can hammer out a way to do that and do it together and really continue to jump start the economy the way President Obama’s been able to move us forward, we are actually debating contraception. Contraception in which 99% of women in America have used at some point in their life and the Republicans want to debate not just religious liberties. They want to debate allowing all employers who might have an objection to deny that coverage that President Obama has should be available under the Affordable Care Act without a copay and without a deductible.

I mean that’s just unbelievable, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because the Republicans have no jobs plan, they’ve not brought a single jobs bill to the floor of the House of Representatives nor have they proposed one in the Senate since the Republicans took over the majority in the House, so they need the distraction.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz talking to Lawrence O’Donnell about the Republican fight against contraception coverage for women. (via kileyrae)

"What Conservatives say they want is “Small Government”.


What they are working on this year is Government that prohibits you from using contraception, that forcibly collects your urine, hair and blood, and that puts you in prison or deports you if it does not like the speeches you attend.  This stuff is happening all over, all the time now.  This is what Conservative Government is like this year.  It sort of seems to me that this ought to be a bigger National Story.”

~ Rachel Maddow





From an email from NARAL:

The new policy that will cover women’s birth-control coverage is under attack from all sides.

Anti-choice groups have collected more than 20,000 signatures on a petition calling on the White House to rescind the policy.

The Obama administration is standing strong, but we need to make sure they hear from us.

Sign our petition to support no-cost birth control today!


The attack on women’s access to no-cost birth control just went up a very big notch.

Anti-choice groups are fast collecting signatures on a petition on the White House website calling on the administration to rescind its new birth-control coverage policy.

The White House has committed to responding to every petition that collects 25,000 signatures, and our opponents are close to reaching this number.

Help us counter their anti-contraception petition. We started our own petition, expressing support for every woman’s right to get her contraception covered.

Please add your name to our petition on the White House “We The People” website to show that pro-choice support far outnumbers opposition.

Here’s how it works. Please note that you will need to create an account on

1. Go to our petition:!/petition/stand-strong-support-new-no-cost-birth-control-policy/HM8jg7Y4

2. Sign in if you already have an account. If you don’t have an account already, click “Create an Account” and fill out your information.

3. Check your email. Look for an email with the subject line “Almost done! Verify your account.” Click the link in that email to verify your account and sign in. It may takes a few minutes to receive this email.

4. Click “Sign This Petition.”

5. You’ve signed it! You can use the links on the next screen to share the petition with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or email.

What we’re seeing is a coordinated effort to deny women coverage for basic family-planning services. Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation decided to discontinue providing grant money for cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. Now, anti-contraception forces have launched a multi-million dollar campaign to overturn the new no-cost birth control policy. 

The good news is that – as you know – pro-choice Americans like you pulled together and convinced Komen to reverse course. You made that victory possible. We must continue to work together and defeat this next attempt to take away women’s birth-control coverage.

Thank you so much for adding your name

Nancy Keenan

Nancy Keenan
President, NARAL Pro-Choice America

[Obviously not just women use the forms of contraception covered and not just women are being affected by antichoice groups trying to rescind access to important contraception coverage with no copays.]



The Conference of Catholic Bishops is not technically a lobbying organization — churches are tax-exempt, and they don’t have to disclose publicly how much money they put toward lobbying. According to the IRS, a 501(c)(3) organization like the Conference can speak out on moral issues as much as it wants, but “may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities.” […]

[However,] the bishops were not only influential in swaying votes during health care reform debate; [Richard] Doerflinger said they actually helped Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) write the controversial anti-abortion amendment, which the House approved by a vote of 290 to 194.

“Those bishops were literally sitting in Bart Stupak’s office and, from what we could tell, instructing him all about the laws he should be supporting, and the text of the laws, and the strategy of getting them through,” said Terry O’Neill, the president of the National Organization for Women. “It was absolutely appalling.”

The National Organization for Women has called for the bishops conference to lose its tax-exempt status over its lobbying activities[…]

“The bishops are entirely out of sync with the people they purport to represent,” said Donna Crane, NARAL’s policy director. “All the polling and public opinion research is very clear: Catholics are majority pro-choice. They hold that belief, they use the services and they just aren’t in agreement with the hierarchy on these issues.” […]

O’Neill finds it troubling that a group of men that has historically denied women the opportunity to participate in leadership positions is exercising so much power over such a broad range of women’s reproductive health legislation.

“Clearly there’s a problem when men take such an interest in the sexual function of women,” she said. “There’s something deeply off about it.”

As always, it is important to recognize that women are not the only ones who can get pregnant, and that in many ways, those who do not identify as women, yet can get pregnant, are in even more danger from the Conference and their political allies.



Finally breaking a deadlock, the Shelby County (Tennessee) Commissioners voted to award Christ Community Health Services a $400,000 contract for family planning services for the poor.  This is the first time in 35 years that Planned Parenthood did not receive the funding.

Christ Community Health Services, whose mission is “to provide quality services in the name of Jesus Christ,” will not perform abortions or offer emergency contraceptives.

In its application for the $400,000, Christ Community said that it would administer emergency contraceptives, but now says it won’t because of its beliefs.  Instead, it will contract that service to a third party.

Planned Parenthood supporters said that they should not be subjected to sermons in order to get help.

“I have the right to health care that is non-religious and non-judgmental,” argued Abby Schoef.

“What is it going to do to the people who aren’t Christian?” asked  an unidentified woman.  “I’m sorry to inform you that not all of us are Christians and not all of us believe.”



Rick Perry Has a George Bush Moment
(by OnKneesforJesus3)

I’d expect Rick Perry to start blabbering lies about the efficacy of abstinence only education, but - My Lord - look at him purposely stumble from 1:00 to 1:20 like an idiot about the content of sex education that teaches about contraception.

It’s amazing to see someone who intelligent people know damn well better isn’t that stupid stoop so low, to act so foolish. It’s like pissing your pants in public for anything besides performance art. It’s that humiliating.

I feel like I’m watching Bush…