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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Murray and Clinton Respond to Bush’s “Contraception as Abortion” Bill

posted by on July 17 at 13:07 PM

Senators Patty Murray and Hillary Clinton wrote the following joint letter today to Michael Leavitt, head of Bush’s Health and Human Services Department, which just proposed new regulations that would deny federal aid to groups that refuse to hire people, including nurses, who object to abortion or birth control. The proposal’s insanely broad definition of “abortion” includes many common types of birth control.

Dear Mr. Secretary:

It has come to our attention that the Department of Health and Human Services may be preparing draft regulations that would create new obstacles for women seeking contraceptive services.

One of the most troubling aspects of the proposed rules is the overly-broad definition of “abortion.” This definition would allow health-care corporations or individuals to classify many common forms of contraception – including the birth control pill, emergency contraception and IUDs – “abortions” and therefore to refuse to provide contraception to women who need it.

As a consequence, these draft regulations could disrupt state laws securing women’s access to birth control. They could jeopardize federal programs like Medicaid and Title X that provide family-planning services to millions of women. They could even undermine state laws that ensure survivors of sexual assault and rape receive emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms.

We strongly urge you to reconsider these regulations before they are released. We are extremely concerned by this proposal’s potential to affect millions of women’s reproductive health.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Senator Patty Murray

Clinton and Murray have been tireless advocates for women’s rights, including reproductive rights, most recently fighting to make emergency contraception (Plan B) available over the counter. Senator Barack Obama has not issued a response to the Bush Administration’s proposal.

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Just when you think Bush can't do anything more evil...

Posted by Bellevue Ave | July 17, 2008 1:22 PM

If only we had nominated Clinton instead of Obama! By all means, now is the time to re-fight that battle.

Posted by minderbender | July 17, 2008 1:23 PM

i hope obama responds soon. go hillary/patty!

Posted by tiffany | July 17, 2008 1:26 PM

get over it, minderbender, you seem to be the one still obsessed with that battle.

go hillary/patty!

Posted by ~k | July 17, 2008 1:29 PM

minderbender, time to move on. must be a miserable in the past.

Posted by Fitz | July 17, 2008 1:31 PM

I wouldn't expect Obama to sign a letter like this, as he appears to be running soft on reproductive rights. Its probably a good electoral strategy - NARAL and Planned Parenthood seem to think so anyway.

Posted by blank12357 | July 17, 2008 1:32 PM

"Senator Barack Obama has not issued a response to the Bush Administration’s proposal."

That's obviously because Senator Obama is a poopy-pants who hates women!

If Hillary was the nominee, Bush would have given up his post early; the war in Iraq would be over; the polar ice caps would be re-freezing; and men would be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, where they belong!

Posted by Georgia Guy | July 17, 2008 1:35 PM

Wow. I'd say Bush is cartoonishly evil, if he wasn't so fucking flat-out Satanically evil. Everything he does fits the description of the conniving, backstabbing, lying, destructive, arrogant "bad guy" antagonist character. It's almost as if he grew up watching movies and identified with all the bad guys and took notes on how to act.

Posted by Fuck Bush | July 17, 2008 1:38 PM

Because Hillary lost, I cannot support anything she does, ever again.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 17, 2008 1:45 PM

If I could have just one wish granted, it would be for all the moralistic blowhards in this country to just disappear like in the Rapture or something. That would be a very good day indeed.

Posted by keshmeshi | July 17, 2008 1:58 PM

We won't support ball-less NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | July 17, 2008 1:59 PM

Maria Cantwell apparently hates women just as much as Barack Obama does.

Posted by Greg | July 17, 2008 2:44 PM

Yes, Erica, your preferred candidate lost. You're bitter about it, we get it.

Where is your snarky comment on Cantwell's lack of a response? McCain's? Seems to me the one living in the past and not over it is clearly ECB.

Posted by John | July 17, 2008 2:51 PM

Ha! I got an IUD last year, so when birth control is officially declared murder, all you pill-takin' ladies can suck on it! Not literally, though, that would be gross and kind of impossible.

Posted by Julie | July 17, 2008 3:12 PM

@ 13

she probably didn't direct anything to mccain because he's a lost cause.

Posted by tiffany | July 17, 2008 3:44 PM

I'd heard that if we didn't stop the IUDs in Iraq we'd have to deal with them here, and apparently it's true.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 17, 2008 3:53 PM

Actually, the pill is an abortifacient, as are IUDs. They keep a baby from implanting in the uterus. There's nothing wrong with calling it what it is--abortion.

Posted by Kelly | July 18, 2008 1:09 PM

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