A few days ago, Fox & Friends Weekend hosted a discussion about the Obama administration's compromise on the contraception mandate offered to religiously-affiliated institutions. Of course, that wasn't good enough for the Curvy Couch Crew. But what was even more striking was how the discussion was among three men and no women. And when the male guest compared the mandate to food stamps, that was a slur against both.
The guest, Jim Towey, of Ave Maria University, promised to continue a lawsuit against Obamacare despite the compromise. As I wrote in my post on Crooks and Liars:
(Towey) called it “obviously” a “new federal entitlement, something like 'contraception stamps.' And so they've made this now available for free to all individuals, all women in the country and a lot of people are upset... If the federal government wants to do this kind of expansion, this kind of new entitlement, why involve religious organizations?”
It's disturbing enough that employers think that their religious beliefs should dictate the reproductive practices of their employees - and that Fox News should credulously go along without seeing the need for a female perspective, much less that of an employee. Host Mike Jerrick made the endorsement explicit when he wished Towey good luck with the lawsuit at the end of the segment.
But even more disturbing is the implicit assumption that comparing insurance coverage for contraception to food stamps - a social safety net that has almost surely saved the lives of real, living people - makes it something to be despised. All the while celebrating the "life" of not even a fetus but a potential fetus.
You can read the rest of my post at C&L.