Republicans don't seem willing to accept that birth control is not the dividing social issue that it was 50 or even 20 years ago. And when you make your party line impossible to walk for everyone but white, dogmatic males—or, say, paint it off a cliff—it stands to reason that your party is only going to get smaller and smaller:
While GOP senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has pledged to fight the Obama’s administration’s modified regulation requiring health insurers and businesses to offer contraception coverage without additional cost sharing, the revised rule “appears to have won over” two of the five Republican women senators.
Sens. Olympia Snowe (ME) and Susan Collins (ME) — both of whom have sponsored legislation requiring insurers to offer contraception benefits in all health plans — are in favor of the new compromise, which would allow religiously affiliated colleges, universities, and hospitals to avoid providing birth control. Their employees will still receive contraception coverage at no additional cost sharing directly from the insurer.
Case in point: Rick Santorum doesn't think birth control should be covered by insurance because it's not a "critical economic need" (like Viagra) and also because it "just costs a few dollars" for women.
Hat tip to the always-impeccably-dressed Sergio.