And Yes, the GOP Even Managed to Work Denial of Birth Control Into Their Clownish Budget Bill
The right wing’s disturbing obsession with controlling women has actually had an effect on the crazy House Republican spending bill charade — the GOP has added a “conscience clause” that would let employers and insurers deny birth control coverage on “religious grounds.”
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.
A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.
The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.
If nothing else, this shows the influence of the extreme Calvinist religious right on today’s Tea Party Republicans. They know this crazy bill is never going to pass the Senate and is only intended as theater, so they’re lettin’ it all hang out.