Coakley flier: Scott Brown opposes medical treatment for rape victims or something
posted at 5:13 pm on January 16, 2010 by Allahpundit
Well, of course he does. That’s part of the GOP’s party platform, isn’t it? “Article XI. Leave victims of brutal sexual assaults to die.”
We’re actually about to see some legal action over this one.
The flier reportedly says “1,736 women were raped in Massachusetts in 2008. Scott Brown wants hospitals to turn them all away,” according to Greg Sargent’s blog.
Dan Winslow, counsel for the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate campaign, will hold a media availability at 4 p.m. today to announce the criminal complaint resulting from a recent mailing paid for and sent by the Massachusetts Democratic Party, according to a press release sent out by the campaign…
“The campaign’s rhetoric has gone from negative to malicious,” Massachusetts Republican party spokeswoman Tarah Donoghue told The Daily Caller from Brown’s weekend bus tour Saturday. “It’s outright offensive and it’s a distortion of Scott Brown’s record.”
No word on the charge but it’s a comfort to know that the state’s own attorney general might be in legal jeopardy due to the sheer viciousness of her smears. (Not the only legal trouble she’s in today, either.) Here’s what the Coakley campaign would have you believe amounts to wanting to see rape victims turned away from hospitals:
The 2005 amendment that Brown sponsored in the state Senate would have allowed a physician, nurse, or any other employee to deny rape victims an emergency contraceptive if it “conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief.’’ The facility would have had to have someone else who could administer the contraceptive or refer the victim to another facility at no additional cost to the patient.
The amendment, which did not pass, was attached to a bill that he ultimately voted for, which required emergency rooms to provide the contraceptives to rape victims.
He wanted a limited religious conscience exemption for ER workers, with no extra financial burden to victims, and when he didn’t get it he voted to provide emergency contraception anyway. Translation: Scott Brown hates rape victims. And to think, if only Massachusetts had followed the Coakley plan of keeping Catholic hospital staff out of emergency rooms, all this unpleasantness might have been avoided.
I wonder what could have spurred her to such desperate depths. Hmmmm. The only new poll out today (so far) is ARG’s, which has Brown up by three among likely voters but also comes from a firm with a history of wide misfires. Exit quotation, for what it’s worth: “A total of 9% of likely voters say they have already voted by absentee ballot, with Brown leading Coakley 58% to 42%.”
Update: You have to see the flier to believe it. Even lefty Greg Sargent feels obliged to correct the record.