Virginia AG: Let's 'Go to Jail' Over Contraception Mandate
Ken Cuccinelli slams ObamaCare on Iowa radio
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 11, 2013 4:49 AM CST
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli speaks during a Tea Party rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 17, 2011.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – Virginia's attorney general says it's time to take a stand against ObamaCare's contraception mandate—even if it means a little civil disobedience, Politico reports. Speaking on nationally syndicated radio in Iowa, Ken Cuccinelli, the state's likely Republican gubernatorial nominee, discussed his bishop's words on the matter: "'I'm ready to go to jail,'" Cuccinelli recalled the bishop saying. "And I said, 'Bishop, don’t take this personally: You need to go to jail.'"

"What I mean by that is, people need to see it play out all the way to its logical conclusion," he said. Backing a Hobby Lobby lawsuit against the measure, he noted that Abraham Lincoln said that "'the best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it vigorously.' And here we’re going to have an example of what tyranny means when it’s played to its logical conclusion," Cuccinelli argued. "Forcing ... businesses to do this is not consistent with our history of preserving religious liberty, one of the most important protections we have."

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Liberal-Lib
Jan 23, 2013 11:35 PM CST
I am not against individual religious liberty. If a woman chooses not to utilize birth control for religious reasons (and can support her children economically) then she has every right not to use the pill, IUD, sponge, or whatever method is available. However, this does not give others the right to say that other women cannot use contraception. It really is a woman's health issue, best left up to her, her partner and her physician(s). As far as going to jail, well... you go and enjoy that.
793tango
Jan 13, 2013 12:22 PM CST
If you are an employer and you provide health insurance for your employees you cannot discriminate againt women who need contrception. That's the whole thing here. These people want to discriminate against their female employees who want contraception coverage in their insurance. If a female employee gets pregnant are you going to give her extra time off for doctors visits, paid time off if she has complications and after the child is born, extra pay to cover child care while she's at work? No? Then shut up about contraception. If you're paying for Viagra and Livitra you need to cover contraception.
PresentPerfect
Jan 11, 2013 10:13 PM CST
Mr. Cuccinelli and his bishop need to read the words of The Founders, who helped draft the Constitution. Their goal was to establish a nation and a government that enjoyed freedom FROM religion. "I hope that we have not labored in vain, and that our experiment will still prove that men can be governed by reason." --Thomas Jefferson to George Mason, 1791."Governed by reason." There is no reference to religion, faith, god, mysticism, or fantasy. Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any meddling into government by religion. The Catholic Church and the right-wing religionists are hell-bent on subverting the United States into a theocracy.Mr. Cuccinelli and his bishop should keep their religion to themselves.