Washington Post Boosts Liberal ‘Wedge Issue’ Spin on Birth Control Mandate
By Matthew Balan | February 14, 2012
On Monday, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent forwarded a liberal talking point, that the Obama administration’s controversial mandate for coverage of abortifacients and contraception without a co-pay would be used as a “wedge issue” by Republicans. Sargent also highlighted a split inside the GOP over the so-called “accommodation” made by the President on Friday.
So where are Senators like Kelly Ayotte, Lisa Murkowski, and Scott Brown on this? A spokesman for Murkowski declined comment. It’s hard to imagine Brown, who’s facing a tough challenge from Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, voicing opposition to the idea — as McConnell put it over the weekend — that requiring insurers to cover birth control as a health care expense for women constitutes interfering “with your religious beliefs.”
Also: What vehicle will Republicans support? Will they back the amendment offered by GOP Rep. Roy Blunt, which would allow either employers or insurers to deny any health coverage they find morally objectionable, at a time when polls show that requiring employers to cover birth control is backed by nearly six in 10 independents and nearly seven in 10 women?
The writer later update his post to include statements from Senator Ayotte (who makes no secret that she’s pro-life) and from John Donnelly, a spokesman for Senator Brown.
Back on February 3, 2012, Sargent labeled Democratic Senators Mark Begich and Jon Tester as “relatively conservative,” despite the fact that both received a 100% approval ratings from pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood.
[H/t: Elizabeth Scalia on Twitter.]
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