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Cuccinelli: Jail 'Logical' Protest to Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Virginia AG says health care act is attack on Catholic Church.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said this week he believes that going to jail may be the best way that Virginians can challenge President Obama's healthcare mandate for businesses to cover contraception in their health insurance plans. 

"Forcing business owners and businesses to do this is not consistent with our history of preserving religious liberty," said Cuccinelli Wednesday, in an interview with conservative radio talk show host Steve Deace

Cuccinelli, a conservative who is running for governor, said that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an attack on the Catholic Church, and that his local bishop told him he was willing to go to jail over the issue. 

"I told him, 'Bishop, don't take this personally - you need to go to jail.' What I mean is that people need to see this play out all the way to its logical conclusion," said Cuccinelli. 

Virginia Del. Charniele Herring (D-46), chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said in a news release: "Virginia women deserve better than an Attorney General who wants employers in this Commonwealth to 'go to jail' rather than comply with the law of the land and offer insurance coverage for contraceptives that experts say are essential to keeping women healthy."

"Ken Cuccinelli's outside-the-mainstream attacks on FDA-approved birth control should have no place in the office of Virginia's top lawyer and certainly not in the Governor's mansion," Herring said. 

What do you think? Should employers be forced to pay for contraception in their employees' health care plans? Tell us in the comments box below. 

Jess Lowry January 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Couldn't have said it better
Fred Wilson January 13, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Yes, Sally...and if YOUR opinion is "HARRUMPH:", you are a woman of few ideas...
T Ailshire January 14, 2013 at 03:53 PM
What gets me is that Cuccinelli said during the campaign he didn't feel he needed to prosecute or obey laws he didn't find morally justifiable and Virginians elected him anyway. The only good thing I can say about him is that he hasn't changed his tune. For a man who wants "religious liberty" he sure wants us all to live by his moral/religious code. In my opinion, there were no great candidates for AG last election, but we chose the worst.
Micheal January 17, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Chis make sure you check your facts before you make a statement about someone's faith the official stance of the Catholic church is that capital punishment is acceptable. http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/capital_punishment.htm
Sally Spangler January 17, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Grin - for Fred - my Harrumph is a disgusted sound. Yes, I have more than a few ideas. I choose not to say them. Religious face offs are a waste of time and makes sure that there is an opponent to argue from whatever place or just maybe emotional thought of the moment. A stupid waste on here. If we (all of us posting here, that is) were to begin an argument on religion or what we perceive as our true thoughts and belief - this would be shut down and we would only be more upset. Religious faith is too personal to talk about in general without some barriers to keep the conversation on the real point(s) of a particular group. We aren't here to talk about our faith/religion - but whether Mr. Cuccinelli is going overboard in his particular version of it. And who are we to say what is right or wrong. We are entitled to our beliefs, but not try to sell them to others and certainly not make them a law.

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