Saturday, July 12, 2008

McCain: caught in the headlights on women's rights

marjorie says...

"I don't know enough about it to give you an informed answer."

Well maybe John McCain ought to get informed about it. It being: Women.

Thanks to Mike Lillis of the Washington Independent for pointing me to this clip, and his excellent article on the subject. Here's an excerpt:

...many Americans tend to treat birth control as a lifestyle choice, not a health-care issue. Indeed, many conservatives tend to treat the issue as a personal choice falling outside the realm of public health.

But statistics point to a different reality. The average woman, for example, spends roughly five years of her life being pregnant or trying to get there, and nearly 30 years trying to avoid pregnancy, according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, a reproductive rights group.

Suzanne Novak, an attorney with the Center for Reproductive Rights, said that existing federal anti-discrimination laws should make it clear that health plans must include birth control.

"In comprehensive health plans, they cover all men's needs," she said. "But for women, they've got this carve-out."

The article goes on to note that McCain has twice in the last decade voted against legislation that would require insurance companies to cover birth control along with other prescription drugs. So maybe he does have an opinion and just doesn't want to come clean about it, his "straight-talk express" not withstanding.