After my post earlier in the week, in which I criticized NARAL and Planned Parenthood for their endorsement of Joseph Lieberman in last fall’s election, I received one comment and a few private emails asking me to explain, “what’s so bad about Joe Lieberman?”
You could take it from me that he’s a sanctimonious, war-mongering, unprincipled, political tool of the Bush administration, or you could come to that conclusion on your own by reading the quotable “joe” in his own words.
What makes NARAL’s and Planned Parenthood’s support during a tight senate race against a true Democrat in the form of Ned Lamont particularly egregious, is Lieberman’s stand on access to emergency contraception. According to the New Haven Register:
Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for “principled reasons” shouldn’t be forced to do so. “In Connecticut, it shouldn’t take more than a short ride to get to another hospital,” he said.
How’s that for a compassionate response to a victim of rape? And folks, we’re not talking here about forcing Catholic hospitals to perform an abortion or to dispense abortifacients. This is about emergency contraception for victims of a violent crime.
And that’s not the only time Lieberman has come out in favor of handing over personal rights to larger institutions. Remember the embarrassment of the Terri Schiavo case? Lieberman was front and center in that debate, expressing support for legislation that would allow federal courts to intervene in the Schiavo case and others like hers.
Still not convinced that Lieberman deserves widespread scorn and derision? Take a look at today’s headline in the Harford Courant: Lieberman Applauds President’s Plan for Iraq.
And don’t even get me started on Israel . . .