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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Does Coakley Oppose Care for Rape Victims?

Hoist on her own petard!

A campaign theme of Martha Coakley, including television ads which started running yesterday, attacks Scott Brown for supposedly sponsoring a bill to deny medical care to rape victims.

In fact, Brown merely proposed a religious exemption which would exempt those with a religious belief against providing "emergency contraception" (the so-called "morning after pill" which prevents pregnancy) from having to do so provided they had a plan in place for the victim to get the contraception elsewhere at no extra cost.

If Coakley thinks this amounts to denying care to rape victims, then she needs to explain why she supports the Senate health care bill which has an even broader religious and "moral" exemption for abortions, even in the case of rape.

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