Is Free Birth Control like 9/11 and Pearl Harbor?
Republican likens contraception mandate to Pearl Harbor, 911
He's talking, of course, about the mandate that insurance companies cover birth control without copays.
Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly (R), an ardent opponent of abortion rights, said that today's date would live in infamy alongside those two other historic occasions. Wednesday marked the day on which a controversial new requirement by the Department of Health and Human Services, which requires health insurance companies to cover contraceptive services for women, goes into effect.
"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," Kelly said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. "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."
So is that (in any way, at all) like 9/11 or Pearl Harbor, or is he maybe being a little histrionic?
Also, is the fact that insurance companies can't refuse to cover birth control an "attack on religious freedom?" If so, how so?