The Supreme Court on Wednesday released a court ruling expanding exemptions for religious employers and insurance providers to not provide contraceptive coverage. MSNBC had to blow the decision up to massive proportions however, painting it as an attack against all women. MSNBC’s idea of diversity to discuss this? A former head of Planned Parenthood, an ex-Democratic staffer and a former Democratic Senator. Diversity!
Dr. Kavita Patel, a former staffer for Ted Kennedy, was the first guest to speak during this segment, saying that Trump went far and beyond to deny access to women more broadly.
The Trump administration went above and beyond often and created these conscientious objections, we call them conscience clauses which extended what I would say is an overreach by this administration to deny access to women.
But that was not the hottest take of the segment. Former Senator Claire Mccaskill jumped into the action, making statements that are suddenly pro-life sounding for a Senator that had a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood.
And here’s the weirdest thing about this. We know that unwanted pregnancies have dropped since the ACA passed. What everyone wants is fewer abortions. That’s what the Republicans spent an inordinate amount of time about preventing abortions. What prevents abortions? Family planning prevents abortions, easy access to affordable birth control prevents abortions.
Now, in the own words of the Little Sisters of the Poor, the issue was not regular old birth control like McCaskill and Patel are trying to state. The real issue is the contraceptives that ObamaCare made these companies cover, abortifacients, or drugs that cause abortion. So the issue here is not preventing abortions like McCaskill claims, it is keeping companies from having to pay for abortions in a pill, which is a position that these two guests support.
The vast majority of the employees serving religious companies would still get contraceptives that prevent pregnancy, just not Plan-B or contraceptives that stop pregnancies that are already in progress.
But the last guest of the segment, Cecile Richards, the former President of Planned Parenthood, really turned up the heat and hysteria to the max with her statements. It is an odd statement to make that the inability of some employees to force their employers to cover abortion pills jeopordizes their health and safety, but that did not stop her from making such a claim.
One of the biggest successes of the Affordable Care Act was coverage for 63 million women in this country, for birth control. And this essentially, now, takes away that commitment. We had a record low of teenage pregnancy, 30-year low for unintended pregnancy across the board. It is a very popular benefit and it crosses party lines, it crosses everything. This is a real unfortunate development for the health and safety of women.
If you asked normal women, they would probably tell you that they could purchase emergency contraceptives for about $50 and some of them have done so before. But if you ask the elitist leftists on MSNBC, they would say you are endangering women’s health.
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LifeNews.com Note: Tim Graham is the director of media analysis for the Media Research Center, a media watchdog group. He was a White House correspondent for World magazine in 2001 and 2002. This originally appeared on the NewsBusters web site.