Can Someone Explain This to Me?
I really just do not understand the endorsement by NARAL and Planned Parenthood of Joe Lieberman. From the NARAL website (screen shot above), one of the top three action items is — Improve health-care services for rape survivors:
We need your help to make sure women who’ve been raped get the chance to prevent pregnancy.
Send a message to your members of Congress today to help pass the Compassionate Assistance for Rape Emergencies Act (“CARE”: S.1264/H.R.2928).
This bill would ensure that survivors of sexual assault are offered the “morning-after” pill in the emergency room. The morning-after pill, also known as emergency contraception or EC, prevents pregnancy after sex or sexual assault. Improved access to the morning-after pill could prevent 88 percent – approximately 22,000 – of pregnancies that occur as a result of rape.
Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn’t be forced to do so.
"In Connecticut, it shouldn’t take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.
Local CT-NARAL head Carolyn Triess voted for Ned Lamont as a delegate at the CT Democratic convention in May. She’s also one of the founders of Connecticut Choice Voice. From their "Five Reasons We Cannot Support Senator Lieberman":
#2 Rape Victims’ Access to Emergency Contraception
Joe Lieberman is on record as opposing the proposed legislation in Connecticut that would require all Connecticut hospitals to offer emergency contraceptives to rape victims. According to the New Haven Register, “Lieberman believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for ‘principled reasons’ shouldn’t be forced to do so.”
I absolutely support women’s right to complete and appropriate health care and to reproductive freedom. I will fight to make the morning after pill available over the counter, to make emergency contraception available to all rape victims, and to support the nomination and appointment of pro-choice judges.
I would have led the opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Alito, since he fundamentally tilts the balance on the court and jeopardizes a woman’s right to choose. South Dakota recently passed a bill which outlaws a woman’s right to an abortion even in the case of rape and incest; this law is certain to be decided by the newly-reconstituted U.S. Supreme Court.
Ned was not even asked to take part in the endorsement decision making process.
Maybe this explains a bit about what we’re dealing with here. Local blogger CT Bob, from the comments:
I called Planned Parenthood and spoke to their media person a few weeks ago; I forget her name, but she was very firm in her support of their decision to endorse Joe Lieberman. She admitted that the “report card” on voting records of politicians is somewhat flawed, but they didn’t have any other way of rating a politician.
I asked her if Lieberman’s vote against confirming Judge Alito was considered a good thing on their report card, and she agreed that it was. When I explained that Lieberman’s REAL vote on Alito was the vote for cloture, she claimed that there wasn’t any way to figure that into the equation.
That tears it. Really. They’re not even capable of making a reasonable defense of the situation. You add a little box on the form and you check it. Quite simple.
Unless, that is, you’re under the impression that Joe Lieberman deserves the endorsement of reproductive rights groups. Then obviously your cognative problems go much deeper than just an inability to operate simple word processing functions. Why the hell they did not just stay out of this particular race I do not know, because they have just told all Democrats it is okay to adopt Joe’s position on emergency contraception and still get their Seal of Approval.
The damage they are doing to the cause they purport to champion is immeasurable.
Update: Matt Stoller has a post up about this topic, and suggests that "if you are a NARAL member, the feedback form is here and the telephone numbers are as follows. DC: 202.973.3000 CT: 860.524.1086."