What's the Most Offensive Thing You've Heard Today?
Politicians are known for their sporadic inflammatory remarks, but this recent comparison really blew all others out of the water.
I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that's Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that's the day of the terrorist attack....I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-N.Y.) supported Rep. Kelly's statements saying, "This is a right that every American should be outraged, outraged about what this administration and Secretary Sebelius has set forth here on August the 1st."
Rep. Buerkle also dubbed the mandate, "the largest assault we've seen on first amendment rights in the history of our country."
Both Reps. Kelly and Buerkle have extreme anti-choice voting records. They voted to allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care, to a woman who could die without it.
They also voted twice to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, which would have denied millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), whose district includes Ground Zero, blasted Kelly for his remarks:
For the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on these two horrible days, to the thousands more who put on a uniform to protect this country and ensure that the lives of those lost are not forgotten, to the thousands more who mourned the loss of a loved one or bore witness to those two tragic days in American history, Mike Kelly's comments are beyond outrageous.
To drag the memories of those lost and those still grieving into the culture wars is unforgivable. And to equate those terrible attacks with the safe and legal availability of contraception for women -- ostensibly to score political points -- is stunning. The American people deserve an apology.
We agree, Rep. Nadler. We couldn't be more horrified by these comments.