Monday, March 05, 2012

Lisa Murkowski A Flip-Flopper, Now Regrets Vote For The Blunt Amendment Which Would Have Made Contraception Coverage Optional

On March 1st, 2012, Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski got some respect from Alaska conservatives when she set aside some personal misgivings and cast a principled vote for the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed employers and insurers to deny health care services if the companies have religious or moral objections to them. The amendment failed, 48-51; Alaska's other senator, Mark Begich, voted No. View the roll call vote HERE.

Senator Murkowski did reveal some personal misgivings after the vote. "I've got some real conflict with this thing. Because I have taken a stand in support of women's health care rights," she said. "To be placed in a position where you are seemingly either for women's health care or you are for religion, I mean what kind of a choice is this." Senator Murkowski is Roman Catholic, and Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz called upon all local Catholics to oppose the contraception mandate.

Now Senator Murkowski has gone into full reverse. In an interview with Anchorage Daily News reporter Julia O'Malley, she now says she regrets her vote after getting skewered by pro-choice Alaska women during a trip back here for the start of the Iditarod sled dog race. "I have never had a vote I've taken where I have felt that I let down more people that believed in me," said Murkowski. She'd meant to make a statement about religious freedom, but voters read it as a vote against contraception coverage for women.

That's because a growing number of women have been hornswoggled into believing that contraception is a "civil right", and they should get contraceptives for free, even if it means honorably retired military veterans have to pay more for their health care. This is just one more manifestation of the pernicious effects of feminism. Feminism is not about empowerment; it's about entitlement, male-bashing, and female supremacy. Neither Sarah Palin nor Margaret Thatcher needed feminism to achieve power.

Update: Because Senator Murkowski is a Roman Catholic, the Catholic Anchor has reacted to this development. On March 6th, they reiterated the Catholic position on contraception:

The Catholic Church has long taught that contraception is contrary to God’s designs because it distorts the purpose and context of sexual relations, which are to bring forth children in the context of marriage between a man and a woman. The unitive aspect of sex, in which a husband and wife are united, is also affirmed by the church, but efforts to space children should be done without thwarting God’s designs. To this end the church teaches that couples should employ natural family planning methods to space children, rather than using artificial contraception.

The church also teaches that abortion is a “grave evil.” The teaching has not changed. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church “abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.”

Senator Murkowski's flip-flopping should not be that much of a surprise, though. After all, the Presidential candidate she endorsed, Mitt Romney, also has a reputation as a flip-flopper; birds of a feather stick together. But Senator Murkowski is getting skewered all over again, this time in the comments section of the Anchorage Daily News, and from those on both sides of the issue. Richly deserved.

Don't blame me for Murkowski -- I voted for Joe Miller, and would do it again.

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