GOP Lawmaker: Contraception Mandate Like 9/11, Pearl Harbor Attacks

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Aug. 2 2012 4:33 PM

GOP Lawmaker: Contraception Mandate Like 9/11, Pearl Harbor Attacks

As of Aug. 1 most employers in the United States are mandated to cover contraception without co-pay, so some legislators are doing the reasonable thing: comparing the requirement to acts of terrorism. 

Freshman Republican Congressman Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania called the policy an "attack on religious freedom," saying that Aug. 1 would be a date remembered along with 9/11 and the Dec. 7 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican, claimed the measure reintroduced "anti-Catholic bigotry" to American life.

Though churches and houses of worship are exempt from the mandate, 24 lawsuits have been filed against it, and it remains one of the most contentious aspects of President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act. 

Calling the contraception mandate an act of war on America may win support from religious conservatives, but GOP men may also be opening another can of worms ... accusations they are waging a war on women. 

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Video by Krishnan Vasuvedan.

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