Virginia AG: Let's 'Go to Jail' Over Contraception Mandate

Ken Cuccinelli slams ObamaCare on Iowa radio

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2013 4:49 AM CST

(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."

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli speaks during a Tea Party rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 17, 2011.
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)
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