"John DeStefano is the right choice for women on issue after issue," said Connecticut NOW President Rosemary Dempsey. "It is disappointing that his opponent opposes making sure that emergency contraception is available to rape victims at all hospitals, has selected a running mate that voted to make performing an abortion a felony, and has failed to take leadership on issue after issue of importance to the women of this state."
A recent example of how DeStefano's opponent is out of touch was particularly troubling. His opponent's running mate made comments during a Lt. Governor debate last Friday that said that Plan B emergency contraception for rape victims were "academic" because Plan B will be available over the counter starting January 1st. His comments clearly show that he is completely out of touch with reality and victim's rights Â to tell a rape victim that they have to leave the hospital and pay for emergency contraception out of pocket is not academic. It is egregious disregard of women's r health and rights.
Part of the problem with emergency contraception is that many people don't understand what it is, and why it's important. It's an issue that doesn't fit well into soundbites and talking points.
The anti-birth control crowd has done an amazing job linking EC to abortion. Hospitals are already afraid to dispense EC because they don't want to live in constant fear of being blown up like clinics that provide abortions. Many pharmacies will probably have that same fear, and then there are those who will simply refuse to stock and dispense it for so-called moral reasons.
But this and other women's issues aren't going to go away anytime soon. Yes, Plan B will be available over the counter next year but that doesn't solve the problem. Hospitals and clinics must be required to dispense it just like any other drug that patients need. Rell and Fedele won't stand up for a woman's right to EC. John DeStefano and Mary Glassman will.
Slap, Derek. "NOW endorses DeStefano / Glassman". Official Campaign Press Release. 10/30/06