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Senator: Birth-Control Coverage "An Assault on Freedom"

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Today's outrageous comment award, birth-control edition, goes to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

The senator is backing a bill that would allow any boss to deny his employees coverage of birth control--even though 99 percent of American women (including 98 percent of Catholic women) use birth control at some point in their lives.

Sen. Johnson called President Obama's policy ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay "just the tip of the iceberg" in "an assault on freedom."

He also dismissed insurance coverage of birth control as unnecessary:

Nobody is taking away women's health-care benefits. Any woman in America can get free contraceptives if they can't afford to pay for them through county health services, through a variety of places. This is about an assault on freedom.

Oh, really? Any woman can get free contraceptives? Nobody's taking away their health-care benefits?

Let's take a trip down memory lane to, say, last spring.

That's when the U.S. Senate twice rejected attempts to eliminate the Title X family-planning program, defund Planned Parenthood, and generally take away women's health-care benefits.

And guess who voted for defunding Planned Parenthood and eliminating Title X?

Indeed, the distinguished gentleman from Wisconsin, Mr. Johnson.

So, yes, women do have access to birth control--but only because Sen. Johnson's attempts to take it away were foiled.

How does the senator propose that women get birth control if their insurance refuses to cover it and community family-planning programs are eliminated?

Call his office in Milwaukee at (414) 276-7282 and ask him!

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