Adding Insult to Injury
How’s this for compassion: a young woman seeking help at Tampa’s Rape Crisis Center was given 2 contraceptive pills after her examination to be taken 12 hours apart. Then she had to give her report of the crime to the responding officer; and that’s where it all goes to hell.
The officer found that the victim had an outstanding arrest warrant, which evidently relieves them of any requirement to remain a compassionate human being, so off she goes to jail.
At the jail, her second contraceptive dose was taken from her. When she requested it the next morning, a female jail employee, Michele Spinelli, refused to give it to her.
The victim has filed suit against the jail for “gender discrimination and violations of the right to privacy and the right to equal protection under the 14th Amendment.” Her suit states:
“Spinelli told the Plaintiff that she would not give R.W. the pill because it was against Spinelli’s religious beliefs.”
And down we go into the rabbit hole that is “conscience rights”.
Proud Republican Neanderthals
“Proponents of the bill say it is the next step after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which Obama signed into law in 2009.”
Here are a few choice quotes about the Paycheck Fairness Act, courtesy of the “pro-women” GOP:
- Pete Hoekstra: “…that thing is a nuisance. It shouldn’t be the law.”
- Sen. Scott Brown (R-Ma): “…the last thing we should be doing is putting more job-killing burdens on small businesses and employers.”
- Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV): called the bill a “war on free enterprise.”
- Sen. Mitch McConnell: “said the bill opened the door to more lawsuits against employers.”
And Mitt Romney’s view?
The Washington Times: “His campaign didn’t respond to five messages left over the past week seeking his stance on the Paycheck Fairness Act.” (5/29)
CBS Chicago: “…his campaign would only say that he supports the concept of pay equity, but refused to support this legislation..”
Scott Brown’s Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, which Republicans are so hot to see the Supreme Court knock down, allowed 6.6 million young adults to become insured through their parents’ plans in its first year.
It just so happens that Scott Brown, who supports the total repeal of the ACA, added his 23 year old daughter to his taxpayer financed health insurance coverage. Isn’t that something.