Given that 20 per cent of Connecticut hospitals refuse to provide contraceptives to rape victims because of religious objections, some state leaders are pushing legislation that will require that hospitals make emergency contraception available for all rape victims.
What does Joe Lieberman think about the proposal?
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.
How can pro-choice organizations continue to support someone like Lieberman, who is either 1) so afraid of the right that he has no principles or 2) has no principles. To suggest that a rape victim, after the trauma of the experience, a medical exam, and investigation should just hop in a car to go to another hospital for emergency contraception to prevent becoming impregnated by the person who just raped her is so far beyond the mainstream, so removed from reality, and so callous that it is hard to imagine anyone saying it, much less thinking it.
It’s time for NARAL and Planned Parenthood to support candidates who actually believe that womyn have reproductive rights. It’s time for Joe Lieberman to switch parties. And it’s time for Ned Lamont.