Elizabeth Warren Takes On Scott Brown Over Birth Control

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren doesn’t just get it. She gets it. The war on birth control is a war on women’s economic freedom.

Warren went on the offensive after her opponent, Sen. Scott Brown (R) announced his support for the Blunt amendment- a measure the Senate will take up that empowers employers and insurance companies to deny coverage for birth control and other services they find morally objectionable. Think of the Blunt amendment as the world’s largest legislative conscious clause.

Not surprisingly, the Blunt amendment has the support of the GOP leadership and has some Democrats nervous they’ll be painted as hostile to religion should the speak out against it. But true to form, Warren is not afraid to speak truth to power. In an interview with the Washington Post Warren said, “This is an extreme attack on every one of us,” Warren said. “It opens the door to outright discrimination. It would let insurance companies and corporations cut off pregnant women, overweight guys, older Americans, or anyone — because some executive claims it’s part of his moral code. Maybe that wouldn’t happen, but I don’t want to take the chance.”

Republicans responded to the attack in predictable fashion by calling Warren an elitist that wants to “use the power of government to force Catholics to violate the teachings of their faith.” Brown’s spokesman took it one step further and likened Brown to Ted Kennedy, a famous supporter of religious conscience exemptions in health care–and universal single payer coverage. The Brown campaign left that last important qualifier off though.

Warren’s response was simple. “This election is about whose side you stand on,” she said. “Here’s an example of giving power to insurance companies and corporations to undercut basic health care coverage. I’m going to fight for families to keep that coverage. The economics around health care are huge for families.”

Thank you, Elizabeth Warren, for saying too many Democratic leaders are still too reluctant to say: that attacking contraceptive coverage in insurance is an economic attack on working families made even more offensive by dressing it up in phony religious objection. Her unapologetic support of contraceptive coverage in health insurance as a matter of economics is a welcome change from the moral sanctimony her male peers have spewed as of late.

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Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

aileen cheetham
AILEEN C5 years ago


What is wrong with just shutting up about what others want to do with their LEGAL freedoms and get on with what's important to you.

aileen cheetham
AILEEN C5 years ago


Gabriella Bertelmann
G Bertelmann5 years ago

I have great respect for Ms. Warren, she is a ray of hope

Leah H.
Leah H5 years ago

Robert F. - This is about pleasing the Catholic bishops who round up the flock to vote Republican. The Catholic Church has a very long history of being on the side of oppression, and forcing women to have children is part of that oppression. The fact that it has hidden and passively condoned sexual abuse of women and children by priests for centuries says all that needs to be known about its true morality. The Catholic Church (the hierarchy) is corrupt to the core. Christ wouldn't recognize it. He would throw them out.

Republicans are the party of white men. That Old Time Religion taught that they are in control of everyone else: women, minorities, animals and the earth itself. Now that women and minorities (racial, ethnic, and sexual) are moving in to more areas formally controlled by white men, they are terrified of loosing control. So, they double down on their attempts at oppression. I would love to see this election as their last gasp and be overrun by Democrats who actually think that government is of and for the people.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago

Joey S., your President's abilities are constricted by having to pass through an obstructive Republican majority Congress suffering from moral constipation and unable to pass a single ethical action or bill.

The fact that everything has to go through Congress is supposed to act as a portion of the 'check and balance' process, which presumes that everyone in government is actually acting on behalf of the country and people they are sworn to serve, rather than the interests of the wealthiest few.

The problem does not lie with any deficiency in your President; it lies in areas such as a corrupt Supreme Court and particularly in one of only two political parties and in the free rein long given polluting industries, enabling them to gain more money and power than small countries while polluting the planet, destroying human and environmental health, corrupting science so as to attribute human industrial health issues (and similar problems in pets) on the victims while corporate-controlled media typically fails to mention similar problems also arising in wild-life, and now able to outright buy government - except in the case of the current President and some others, mostly Democrats and the odd (old school, not neo-Con) Republican.

Be very glad that you have had this President.

And be very afraid of the only alternative offered.

People all around the world certainly are.

Dorothy N.
Dorothy N5 years ago

Elizabeth Warren is amazing!

We need more like her, all over the industrialized world.

Richard B., I don't have any certain knowledge, of course, but it seems possible (I emphasis 'possible') that some things may be set up to panic people and make us vulnerable as a result of our panic, based on some superstitious belief possibly started for this purpose and based on numbers occurring together, like 12-12-12- apparently a deadly combination, lol.

Note the large, friendly letters: DON'T PANIC and you should be fine.

Joey Sullivan
Joey Sullivan5 years ago

“This election is about whose side you stand on,” - “Here’s an example of giving power to insurance companies and corporations to undercut basic health care coverage. I’m going to fight for families to keep that coverage. The economics around health care are huge for families.”
-You go Elizabeth, to bad our president doesn't have balls, excuse the term, like this!

Donna Crane
Donna Crane5 years ago

As a Southern Baptist who doesn't even recognize my religion anymore I agree with Robert F that the GOP is practicing a hateful Old Testament punishing and stoning religion and not the "Grace of Christ" religion I was raised with, which was all about "love thy neighbor" and the "Beatitudes" in the New Testament. They also used to adamantly espouse "separation of Church and State", which was preached to us many times....following Christ's command to "render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's". We were taught to pray in private...not loudly in public like the rich man saying how glad he was to not be like the poor" and to help each other "like the Good Samaritan"...now that was a religion and God I could follow. My dad, a lifelong "Eisenhower" Republican, voted for Obama before he died saying " I don't even recognize Republicans anymore. They're mean now." I believe Christ would not approve of the GOP.

Debra G.
Debra D5 years ago

I wrote it once (OK maybe more than once) and I'll say it again, no one, not the Pope, not the President, not Congress and not your boss have the right to tell you that you must have children you do not want, and cannot afford to feed and properly educate. If a woman wants to work or needs to work, having a child would create a hardship. Add to that the fact that there are enough people on this planet already and it is irresponsible to have kids just because your religion tells you to. Want a baby, have a baby, but let all women decide that for themselves!