We'll have to see if Blunt can get this done:
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told TPM Tuesday that he wants to attach his contraception amendment to a bill that President Obama has to sign -- which is probably the only way Republicans can get it passed.
"I'd like to get it on a bill the President has to sign," Blunt told TPM. "But I'd also like to see it debated and voted on, and so we'll just see how that goes."
For all the talk about this being a big winner for the Democrats I honestly have a hard time seeing them be willing to spend much more time on it if the Republicans decide to really push it. I could be wrong, but I'm already seeing some allies rolling their eyes and saying "enough already with the birth control, we have important issues to hash out." I hope I'm wrong --- or that the Republicans decide to drop back on this for the time being in light of these polls
showing that a large majority support the contraception mandate.
Keep in mind that this is hardly the first time the Republicans have pushed this gambit. Recall that while this conscience clause nonsense has been around for quite a while they've been ramping it up along with the "religious liberty" argument in the last couple of years.Remember that heinous attempt
to redefine the rape exceptions in the Hyde Amendment to mean only "forcible" rape?
The right has now found a vein of attack that they can mine over and over. They can use funding issues and the tax code to launch one after another. If this one doesn't work, they can find another. It is a very rich vein....a veritable Silver City lode of potential attacks.Check out how many abortion bills
As David Waldman writes, "H.R. 3 hides even bigger dangers than redefinition of rape."
" Take the rape provisions out, and you're left with a bill that paves the way for using the tax code to select every American's health care options for them, direct from Washington."So what is hiding in plain sight? The remedies sections of both bills are a veritable cornucopia of ways to control women's access to all reproductive rights - from abortion to birth control. Ironically, the right's anathema to lawsuits stops when they can use them to have a veto over everyone else's rights.
Both bills have sections entitled Non-Discrimination and Remedies. Doerflinger and Johnson kept coming back to what they euphemistically call "conscience provisions" in their testimonies. They were very wedded to them. WHY? Because without them, they could not get what they wanted: the most draconian, onerous and sweeping anti-choice legislation in forty years.
have been brought before congress in the past year. 80% of them are restrictions. "Conscience" and "religious freedom" appear frequently in the language.
So, this is a strategy, not a reaction to a specific proposal. The Bishops are doubling down.
I don't know if it will pay off. We'll see if the Democrats decide that this worth fighting if the GOP decides it's worth pushing. But it isn't going away.