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Conservative Commentator Likens Birth-Control Coverage to Rise of Nazi Germany

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Yes, you read that headline right.

On MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." this morning, conservative commentator Eric Metaxas debated Donna Crane, policy director at NARAL Pro-Choice America, about President Obama's decision to ensure millions of American women have insurance coverage of contraception.

Metaxas called contraception and women's health "side issues"--and then likened the no-cost birth-control rule to the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s:

In [my] book, you read about what happened to an amazingly great country, called Germany. I'm half German. Uh, in the early '30s, little things were happening where the state was bullying the churches. No one spoke up. In the beginning, it always starts really, really small. We need to understand as America, as Americans, if we do not see this as a bright line in the sand, if you're not a Catholic, if you use contraception, doesn't matter. Because eventually, this kind of government overreach will affect you. If we don't speak up, we're gonna be in trouble.

You have to see it to believe it! (The comments about Nazi Germany begin at 5:46):

By the way, Mr. Metaxas, a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute shows a majority of Catholics support the Obama administration's decision.

As Donna said on MSNBC, churches are exempt from this policy. As a result of the president's decision, millions of women, including nurses, janitorial staff, and college instructors, of all religious backgrounds, will get access to contraception--and they will not have to ask their bosses for permission.

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