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Monday, March 13, 2006


Lieberman Against Emergency Contraception

I stole this title from Firedoglake. [Note: the title of this post has been changed so as not to unnecessarily distract from the very serious issue at stake.] I might as well have stolen the entire post. Every time I think Joe Lieberman has crossed the last line, he finds one more to cross. This one is unconscionable, especially for a candidate who claims to be pro-choice:

Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so. "In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.

Matt Stoller has more in a justified rant. Lieberman's words are hurtful and callous. He is sorely out-of-touch with both his constituents and any sense of human decency.

Follow Jane's advice and contact NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Tell them to support Ned Lamont, who is clearly the only pro-choice candidate in this race.

And then read the two posts below to see what a positive, forward-looking Democratic vision for Connecticut looks like.

Lieberman's response. Sean Smith is going to make this a dirty campaign in my opinion.
That's not a "response," that's an outright lie followed by a laundry list.

There's never been any doubt in my mind that Lieberman will do whatever he can to retain "his" seat, including running a dirty campaign.

But what does it say about his confidence in his current position that he feels forced to go negative on day one?
I feel sorry for you having to live in a country where people like that can get into power. Suggesting that a rape victim should "take a short ride" to a different hospital is a terrible thing to say. Not to mention he is completely missing the point, what is to stop all of your hospitals from refusing to stock and dispense the drug?

Thank god wehave the NHS in the UK where all hospitals have to follow the same protocols.
I see it as a cynical bid for the significant conservative catholic vote in CT. Note that this doesn't stop Joe from swinging with the most notorious and vile antiCatholic bigots in the country right there down in D.C.
It's an insult to women, especially those who have ended up in a terrible plight. Note that a lot of women don't want to admit to being rape or coerced for some very good reasons: fear of family, fear of public, fear of stigma, fear of hurting people,etc. So nutwinger statistcs on day after pill use are just plain wrong. In a nutshell, nutwingers should f*** off. Leave the women alone, let them have privacy and dignity and give them resources to recover the best way they can.
But what does it say about his confidence in his current position that he feels forced to go negative on day one?
IMHO, that's the problem with Lieberman. He always runs on negative currents like fear that "family values" are being lost, fear of terrorism, etc. That's what makes D.C. outsiders like Dean and Lamont so refreshing; they're more in touch with reality. Seriously. Lieberman&Co. seem to have some stagnant 1950s psycho-quasi-nostalgic version of reality with undertones of "duck and cover" into the nuclear bunker.
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