Friday, February 17, 2012

Contraception, cont. Before current birth-control fight, Republicans backed mandates

A busy morning unpacking the cognitive dissonance in the GOPs current contraception fetish.

Before current birth-control fight, Republicans backed mandates - Los Angeles Times

"In 2000, when Iowa became one of the first states to enact a contraceptive mandate, the Republican Legislature overwhelmingly backed the bill, which has no exemption for religious employers of any kind. Even one of the law's few opponents did not move to exempt religious employers at the time, records show. Republican Rep. Steve King, a leading conservative who was then a state senator, instead proposed to exempt employers who did not cover Viagra. 'We were not fighting the battle over conscience protection then,' King said in an interview this week."

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