Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Did lightning strike someone in the Democratic Party?

Someone's decided that wedge issues work both ways. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has crafted something called the Prevention First Act, which would among other things require health plans to cover contraceptives if they cover other prescriptions. (Dem dithering kept them from attaching this to the budget resolution.)

Why is this a wedge? While a lot of partisan voting has occurred over the abortion issue, prevention of abortions by increasing availability of contraception is favored by 3 of 4 voters. This would mean that a good chunk of GOP voters are in favor of the Democratic position on contraception.

Of course, you can't have an article about abortion without an unintentionally ironic quote by a nutty anti-abortion kook. From the office of Tom Coburn (R-sterilizer)...

“The efforts will likely fail because they’re beholden to left-wing interest groups who oppose common-sense measures like parental notification,” said John Hart, spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), a conservative Republican who has been outspoken on the issues of abortion and contraception. “They take an ideological and unscientific view of contraception."

Coburn's flack of course, neglected to mention that Coburn is in favor of "common-sense measures" like the death penalty for abortion doctors. He also neglected to mention the real science behind contraception.

(via georgia10 at DKos)

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