Monday, October 30, 2006

NOW Endorses DeStefano Glassman Ticket

As a pro-choice female Republican Rell would normally win this, but her stance on Emergency Contraception in Catholic as well as her choice of running mate effectively killed any chance she had of snagging NOW PAC's endorsement funds. More on why this matters after quotes from the release.

Emphasis mine:


"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 – 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.

Source
Slap, Derek. "NOW endorses DeStefano / Glassman". Official Campaign Press Release. 10/30/06

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Plan B is an abortion pill and nothing else. Any type of drug or procedue that could end a pregnancy is by all accounts an abortion.
You don't actually think the 4 Catholic Hospitals in the state will actually give out this abortion pill do you?
I would guess they either close their doors or shut down their pharmacies. Just take a look what happened in Boston when Catholic Charities refused to place children with gay couples - they stopped adminstering adoptions.
I don't think anyone wants Catholic Hospitals to close consdering all of the good they do.
Also - this is a religious liberties issue. Places of faith should be allowed to set their own procedures according to their religious beliefs.
Finally, this isn't even an issue. The pro-abortion organizations made up stories about woman being turned away from Catholic Hospitals when in reality this has never happened.

Anonymous said...

The notion that hospitals in Connecticut don't dispense Plan B because they are afraid of being blown up is absurd. That assertion, by itself, undermines the other arguments you set forth. A better argument would be that we must have the drug available in all hospitals in the event that even one rape victim arrives who would not be able to obtain easily the drug herself in time. I maintain, however, that Catholic hospitals should be permitted to adhere to their religion's doctrine so long as other steps are taken to ensure that the victim can easily obtain the drug. Given that a non-Catholic hospital is within a few minutes of every Catholic hospital in Connecticut, that should be manageable.

True Democrat said...

Is it true that Glassman was a fundraiser for Rowland during the 2002 election? What she a Republican when she was Mayor of Glastonbury?

Anonymous said...

#1 the Catholic Hospitals receive public funds;
#2 a woman who is raped should not be further traumatized by being asked to either get herself, or allow herself to be transported to another hospital to receive appropriate medical treatment;
#3 I can't imagine that a patient who arrives at a hospital with a DNR order would be asked to travel to another hospital to die.

This is absurd. A patient should be given the medical treatment necessary or requested, regardless of the hospital they are taken to -- and particularly when the patient has no say in selecting the hospital.

cgg said...

Plan B is not abortion. All that Plan B does is prevent ovulation. But you have illustrated my point EXACTLY. Thank you for that.

Anonymous said...

Glassman was Democratic First Selectwoman of Simsbury. She did donate to Rowland's campaign in 2002.

Anonymous said...

Catholic hospitals provide a service to the state at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. They are a partner with the state. If the state backs out of this partnership because it cannot respect the religious tenets of the Catholic hospitals, what happens? Catholic hospitals no longer lose tens of millions of dollars a year and a lot of people in urban areas have much less access to health care. So what do you do?

Anonymous said...

do you really think this ultra liberal group would ever endorse a republican be real - grow up - smell the coffee.... this is not a victory but a S.O.P. for the liberals.

She wins easily and then what .... not too political if you ask me for such a political group - I'd be watching my agenda if you want any thing to happen in the next 4 years... good luck calling lisa moody.

cgg said...

Off the top of my head, NOW PAC has endorsed Jeanine Pirro, pro-choice Republican candidate, this cycle. It's not uncommon for NOW and NARAL to endorse Republican women over Democratic men.

Anonymous said...

Plan B is nothing but a high dose of regular birth control pills administered. It do won't do anything to abort a fetus. And if the RC's don't want the state's millions to care for the poor I am sure the public hospitals will take the money to provide the services. Nobody should buy into the fearmongering about Plan B.

Anonymous said...

Why should a RC Hospital be forced to carry something beyond their beliefs? What is this country coming to?

Anonymous said...

The RC Hospital accepts govt funds to provide a govt service. If they don't want to accept the funds they don't have to provide the service consistent with govt standards. Any defense contractor will tell you that providing govt services comes with abiding by govt rules. It's abut the belief of the person served - the rape victim - not the bliefs of the person serving unless you really think the Pope has never screwed up.

Anonymous said...

NOW is a disgusting group that shoudl focus on issues that faces real voters on a daily basis. Instead they focus on ultra-liberal issues that are part of the reason people are disgusted with the democratic party. NOW is irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is that the Plan B controversy was started in the State Legislature for purely political reasons. The true problem as was cited by those pushing for the EC bill, was that not only RC hospitals were supposedly denying rape victims, but much more so non sectarian hospitals. If the liberal democrats wanted to actually do something to help these women, they would have simply addressed the issue by amending the bill to exclude the massive amount of Catholic hospitals in the state (um that would be 4 by the way) from being forced to administer the pill, and simply redirect these women to another hospital. All 4 Catholic hospitals in the state are minutes away from a non sectarian hospital.If they would have done this, the bill would have sailed through committee and been approved unanimously, effectively helping a large number of these unfortunate victims. However, the liberals decided to kick and scream and bitch and moan about how the unreasonable Catholics were twisting their moustaches and conspiring to harm rape victims. The real kicker was when the Appropriations committee attempted to simply penalize Catholic hospitals for refusing to compromise their religious beliefs, by withholding funds that these hospitals use to perform a social service. The truth is that those pushing this bill were not seeking to help rape victims, but simply to politicize an issue. I fully understand that everyone has an opinion on an issue as complicated and personal as abortion and rape. We are dealing with things like the value of life and the nature of God, everyone's opinion has some validity. However, these people sought to co opt rape victims to push a liberal agenda on our state and they should be ashamed of themselves. If this is the kind of politics NOW pushes on us, I'm glad they are endorsing the soon-to-get-his -ass-kicked John Destefano.

Anonymous said...

One of the prime reasons the RC hospitals stiil exist in CT is to push their religious beliefs on others. They gave up in Stamford about 10 years ago but only reluctantly. The RC's should try converting people to their beleifs when they are of sound mind and body not when they have just been raped. To say simply redirect these women to another hospital because the government funded supplier doesn't want to serve them based on the latest science is absolute nonsense.