Former Wisconsin governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson (R), angling hard for the far-right vote, came out against a rule by the Obama administration that requires employers affiliated with the Catholic Church to cover contraception in their health insurance plans at no additional costs to employees.
“Not only is the birth control requirement an affront to Catholics, but its is a breech of our religious liberties that any person of faith should oppose. This rule cannot stand and will not stand after this year’s election,” Thompson said. “I pledge to go to Washington to seek the immediate repeal of this requirement, which is an attack on our religious institutions.”
This is unusual ground for Thompson to stake out and proof of just how far to the right Republicans are going to have to go to secure nomination. After all, Thompson was the former Secretary of Health and Human Services under George H.W. Bush. And it was Governor Thompson launched BadgerCare a program which, among other things, provides birth control for low income women, the success of which many credit to paving the way for his appointment in the Bush administration.
That means Thompson has either radically changed his position on the importance of making contraceptive care widely available and affordable or he’s so desperate for the Republican nomination that he’s willing to do or say just about anything. No matter that answer one point is abundantly clear: either way, Thompson is just fine playing politics with women’s lives.
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