Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Republican Women Senators Break GOP Ranks Over Birth Control Coverage

Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe demonstrate that gender matters. Just imagine what this country might look like if women were even close to being fairly represented in Congress:

The Maine Twins, Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, are breaking ranks with their leader in the GOP caucus and supporting President Obama's accommodation on the birth control rule that requires insurers, rather than employers, to pick up the cost for contraceptives for employees of religious non-profits. .

Curiously enough, both senators co-sponsored 2001 legislation that would have accomplished much of what President Obama's original mandate did, requiring insurance plans to cover FDA approved birth control, except their bill didn't provide an exemption for religious institutions. Snowe introduced the bill twice more, in 2005 and 2008.

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