Only a Democrat could think about something as crazy as the Contraception Equity Act. It all started when TPM ran this article, in which they wrote “On Monday night, moments after the Senate voted overwhelmingly to end the government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) quietly put forward the nomination of former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. While his confirmation is likely to sail through the Senate on Wednesday, Democratic lawmakers and women’s health advocates are sounding the alarm about Azar’s statements on reproductive rights, religious rights, and the intersection of the two.”

That’s just the start of their complaint. Next, they wrote that “Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) asked Azar to comment on the strategic plan HHS released in October that endorsed so-called fetal personhood, asserting that it was an “unconstitutional definition of persons as beginning at conception, which has no basis in science.” Azar responded by endorsing the controversial change in HHS’ stated mission. ‘The mission of HHS is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, and this includes the unborn,’ he wrote.”

Thanks to this article, DFL gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy announced “This is why my Contraception Equity Act is important. In Minnesota, a woman’s decision making about contraception must remain with her and not her boss.” This is political grandstanding. There’s no chance this legislation will get a hearing, much less a vote. Murphy knows this. That isn’t her concern. She’s submitting the bill to attract more women to caucus for her.

Someone should explain this to Rep. Murphy:

One Response to “The Contraception Equity Act”

  • Chad Q says:

    WTF is this crackpot talking about? A woman has always had the choice of what contraception she wants. There’s no reason her boss or anyone else should have any say in the matter. Oh wait, Ms. Murphy wants everyone else to pay for that woman’s choice whether it be pills or an abortion. I won’t tell you how to live your life or what you can do with your body as long as you don’t make me pay for it.

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