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Blunt Talk on the Blunt Amendment

March 01, 2012 9:07 am ET
Called out for targeting women and contraception, Republicans in Congress are now trying to undermine access to birth control by empowering corporate bosses to take away ANY health care from working women AND men. The Senate is expected to vote on the GOP plan -- the "Blunt Amendment" -- today.

CORE MESSAGE

Corporations have no business telling parents when and how many kids to have.

Connect: Religious liberty and women's health are both core American values that needn't be pitted against each other.

Explain: Under Obama's policy, women will get access to free birth control no matter where they work and no religious organization will be required to pay for it.

Define: Yet Republicans are actually proposing that any corporation should be able to deny any health service -- whether contraception or any other basic care -- to anyone who works for them for any reason.

Expose: They were called out for targeting women and contraception -- so now they're trying to do the same thing by targeting working women AND men's access to virtually ANY health care.

We have a choice: We can respect both religious liberty and women's health OR start letting corporations prevent parents from deciding when and how many kids to have.


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ATTACKS AND RESPONSES


ATTACK: "Obama's policy still forces religious charities and hospitals to violate their religious beliefs."
RESPONSE:

  • If this was true, why would Catholic Hospitals and universities and a wide range of Catholic, evangelical and mainline religious leaders support the President's policy?
  • President Obama listened to both sides and found a solution that works. No religious organization will be required to pay for, refer for, or even have any involvement in covering contraception for the women they hire.


ATTACK: "Obama's policy is an assault on our Constitutional protection of religious freedom."
RESPONSE:

  • If the President's political opponents really cared about faith, they'd listen to the religious institutions they claim to be concerned about, like Catholic Hospitals, that support the policy solution.
  • Washington Republicans are actually proposing that any corporation should be able to deny any health service -- whether birth control, cancer tests, or any other care -- to anyone who works for them.
  • That's an ideological agenda that undermines the values and priorities of every major religious group in America that has fought for decades to expand access to health care.

EYE ON THE RIGHT


Limbaugh: Student Denied Spot At Contraception Hearing Says "She Must Be Paid To Have Sex," So She's A "Slut" And "Prostitute"

Regular Fox Guest Bill Donohue Calls Student Advocating For Contraception Coverage A "Little Brat"


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