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Snowe, Collins Break Ranks On Birth Control

Snowe, Collins Break Ranks On Birth Control

It took a while but finally some level-heads in the Republican party are speaking up in support of the Obama administration’s accommodation of some religious-based objections to the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine have broken ranks with their leadership and have publicly supported the new rule. “It appears that changes have been made that provide women’s health services without compelling Catholic organizations in particular to violate the beliefs and tenets of their faith,” Snowe said in a statement. “According to the Catholic Health Association, the administration ‘responded to the issues [they] identified that needed to be fixed,’ which is what I urged the president to do in addressing this situation.

In 2001 Snowe authored and Collins co-sponsored a bill that prohibited insurance plans from excluding contraceptives from prescription benefits. That bill contained no religious exemption as written though both Senators were on record of supporting a conscious clause at the time.

It’s no surprise that the usually-moderate Senators from Maine are the first to vocally oppose the continued politicking of women’s lives. Snowe and Collins may ultimately be spitting into the wind as the Republican ideology on this point is pretty clear: make it possible for any employer to pick and chose health benefits and make sure that access to affordable, quality reproductive health services is simply out of reach for American women.

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2:54AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Yeah - there's hope for the Republican party!

11:11AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Pam, I rescind my offer to you. There just aren't enough hours in the day. Hope you understand.

8:44AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

Oh, my.....trying to insult us, Michael? Why don't you go outside and play with the other boys?

3:39AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

This country needs single payer health insurance for everybody!

10:32PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

I take it you're with Ira here, Frances. And Jessica Pieklo a journalist? All I see Jessica do is incite stupidity. I'm prepared to discuss the facts if you girls are genuinely interested in such discussion. Just let me know.

5:53PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

If you can't "attack" her logic or facts....try to discredit her literary skills.

It's the last gasp of someone who's already lost a pointless argument.

5:43PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Jeffrey W. Said: "Obviously, Jessica Pieklo has literally no talent as a journalist."

And obviously Jeffrey you have no talent as a human being.

4:19PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

And the republicans wonder why a majority of American women what them the he'll out of their lives and their relationshipbetween women and their Doctors. On top of that you have a stupid backer supporting Santorium saying that in his day contraceptives were much less expensive. The girls just used an aspirin which they kept between their knees. Har, Har, Har. That rich a__hole needs to go back to school. It's amazing how rich he can be and not have a decent education.

2:12PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

My my! Women with a backbone.Congrats ladies.NOT BEFORE TIME.

1:01PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Micheal a. If you are going to take up space, why not say something either, interesting, meaningful, sensible, or true?

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