Thursday, January 14, 2010
Boston Globe: Abortion takes stage in Senate race
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.
In Coakley's latest ad, a narrator says, "Brown even favors letting hospitals deny emergency contraception to rape victims.''
Brown and his supporters have declined to discuss the underpinnings of his amendment, instead trying to focus on the fact that he supported the overall legislation. He also voted to override a veto by Governor Mitt Romney.
Brown has also declined to discuss his amendment proposal.
"It's irrelevant; it's a red herring,'' he told reporters after Monday night's debate, as an aide cut off further questions.
On WCVB-TV last night, he said he could not recall whether he had actually filed that amendment, although Senate records clearly say he did.
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Posted by 1950 Democrat at 10:53 PM