Contraception Controversy Consumes D.C., Campaign
Numerous rank-and-file Democrats urged the White House not to back away from its support for the rule, while Republicans demanded a full retreat.
“It is time for the extreme right wing to stop playing football with women’s health,” said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York. “My colleagues and I stand in solidarity with American women who have waited decades for equity in contraceptive coverage. We have fought for too long.”
“I woke up this morning in the 21st century, not in the Middle Ages,” said. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado. “Family planning and birth control (are) an essential part of women’s health.”
But Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the issue is about the rights of churches, not women.
“This has to do with the right of a church not to spend their moral resources in a way that’s inconsistent with their faith,” the former Pennsylvania senator, a staunch conservative Catholic, told CNN’s “John King USA.”