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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 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," Cuccinelli said this week in an interview with conservative radio talk show host Steve Deace

Cuccinelli, a conservative who is running for governor, said the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an attack on the Catholic Church, and 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," Cuccinelli said.

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. 

Shellie January 12, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Obamacare sucks and so does the whole administration. It's truly the beginning of the end for the America we know and love.
Marion Stevens January 12, 2013 at 04:50 PM
In our country freedom comes first. The blacks worked long and hard for it, and we are still fighting everyday around the world for it. The woman who choose abortion have made a choice and though I might not agree with it, they have the freedom to do so. My freedom SHOULD allow me to say I don't want to pay for your choice. My choice is no abortion (except it severe medical cases). Obama is taking my choice away by forcing me to pay for something so obnoxious to me. Let it be freedom of choice. If you believe in abortion then elect to pay for it in your medical coverage, but give me and millions of others who do not believe in abortion the right to opt out in our medical coverage. Let abortion be an elective coverage not forced down our throat. It is a violation of my freedom and I would go to jail to defend it. Obama is taking the wrong road with this issue. God Bless america, because we are going to fall from within, nor from any foreign power.
Lisa T. Walker January 12, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Birth control is an integral part of women's healthcare, employers should absolutely be required to pay for it. Would our society really be enhanced by millions of unwanted children? Would the unwanted children be happy?
Ellie Lockwood January 12, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Actually the principle of civil disobedience was the hallmark of the civil rights era and to preserve religious freedom, which is what the Attorney General was discussing, may indeed be what is required. The tipping point of choosing to be governed or to be choosing ruled Is at hand.
joe brewer January 12, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Buy your own contraceptives next you'll be wanting gas cause you own a car.
Dave Webster January 12, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Dr. King said in his autobiograpy: "During my student days I read Henry David Thoreau's essay On Civil Disobedience for the first time. Here, in this courageous New Englander's refusal to pay his taxes and his choice of jail rather than support a war that would spread slavery's territory into Mexico, I made my first contact with the theory of nonviolent resistance."
Locally Involved January 12, 2013 at 08:40 PM
I am a Catholic. I have NO problem with Obamacare as it IS the christian thing. Jesus would no more deny healthcare to anyone. You're confused, that brown man giving away free healthcare is JESUS, not Obama. If the Catholic hospitals wish to stop receiving federal dollars and stop serving the general public except for all strict Catholics, then fine, they can opt out of the ACA. Otherwise, the Catholic church should NOT be taking EVERYONE's tax dollars to provide medical services and REFUSE medical service to anyone who needs it, Cucinnelli - you don't have to use the Pill or contraception if you don't want to. But DO NOT even begin to deny women's helathcare! You may be married, but obviously no NOTHING about women. Try going to a gyno appt with your wife and let me know how that works out. If you think you're going to be governor with such blatant ignorance of female health care needs, you are surely delusional. You cannot be for small government AND regulate women's rights. Get a grip. Cannot wait for you to leave public office. Enough of you and your fanatical religiousity. You should not be in government.
Locally Involved January 12, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Buy your own viagra.
Locally Involved January 12, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I object to having to pay for fertility treatments that can run $30k or more - but I have to because I do not have the right to force my beliefs on anyone else. I object to medicare payments for viagra. Do you object equally as much or is it just so women who do not wish to have 10, 15 or more children to not do so because they cannot afford to feed, care, or clothe them? Do you simply wish other women to bleed incessantly and go through irreqular and painful periods because you don't want to pay for the pill? Really, are you that ignorant of the OTHER medical conditions that hormone therapy provides?
joe brewer January 12, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I do not need or use viagra. As far as I know viagra is for a medical need that requires meds. Your use of contraceptives is a choice you should pay for. Here comes the insane Locally Involved blitz!
Locally Involved January 12, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Have you ever known a woman? Hormone therapy (aka The Pill) is used for many, many medical purposes other than birth control. Acquaint yourself with the vast repositories of medical information. Do you also oppose paying up to and more than $30k for fertility treatments? Or just the $30 a month the The Pill. Do you have a problem paying for women to have their tubes tied or men getting snipped, too? You're paying for that, too - it's ALL contraception.
Anthony Fasolo January 12, 2013 at 09:49 PM
I agree. I lived in Roman Catholic Italy for 8 years and noted that they had then and still have have an almost ZERO birthrate. I don't think that this is a result of women playing "Vatican Roulette". It is due to the use of contraceptives. I can understand the RC Church being against abortion but I cannot understand why they are against contraceptives, especially when women in the very same country where the Vatican is located has a ZERO birthrate. As far as our AG goes, he is out of touch as trhe Pope is and is only continuing the same old Republican attack on women.
Peggy Knight January 13, 2013 at 12:16 AM
An elected official, Attorney General Cuccinelli, has no business advocating deliberate violation of a law. You will recall that even the US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Cuccinelli was elected to uphold the constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and uphold the law - not just the ones he chooses to follow. He should be removed from office.
W. R. Knight January 13, 2013 at 12:20 AM
The attorney general does not make the law. The attorney general was elected to uphold and enforce the law, not to subvert it. When an the attorney general advocates civil disobedience to any duly enacted law simply because it conflicts with his religious beliefs, he should be impeached.
Peggy Knight January 13, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Thank you, that was well said. Mr Cuccinelli has no business ignoring his duties and using his elected position to pursue his religious beliefs.
W. R. Knight January 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Before you object too loudly, you might want to get your facts straight. Obamacare does not cover abortions. Cut and paste this link into your browser and get the facts. dpc.senate.gov/healthreformbill/healthbill18.pdf
Locally Involved January 13, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Mr. Cuccinelli needs to decide if he wishes to defend and uphold the laws of the U.S. or the Catholic Church. If it is the latter, I suggest he then promptly leave office and head to the Vatican.
Thomas M. Hogan January 13, 2013 at 03:19 AM
Delegate Herring is wrong: the law of the land is the Constitution, and particularly the First Amendment's protection of freedom of religion, not the Obamacare statute. Thomas Hogan
Locally Involved January 13, 2013 at 03:29 AM
That's right, Freedom of Religion. That means you cannot force another to believe or act in accordance with your religion. Again, If the Catholic or other churches wish to continue receiving federal funds (many of them non-believers)...well, then the churches need to respect OTHER's religious beliefs (or non beliefs) - not force them to adhere to their precepts. That's Freedom of Religion. Freedom of Religion specifically references that the State should not establish a Church (in response to the religious persecution that forced the Pilgrims to leave). Now, instead of the State persecuting non-believers, it appears religious fanatics are trying to enforce it. Knock it off. If you want a religious state, there's a few in the Middle East you can explore. Let me know how that works out for you. Otherwise, Heck, it's about time churches start paying taxes if they're going to enforce religiosity upon the secular populace in the arena of healthcare. Otherwise, start respecting other beliefs if one wants respect in return. Jesus didn't ask about belief before administering healthcare - what gives modern day churches the right? Nothing (that was a rhetorical question). Really, have read the Bible and the associated books, nowhere did Jesus ever say "Sorry, Lazarus, can't help you. You're not a believer (or you don't have healthcare).
Bow DowntoZod January 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Somehow, a conservative catholic seems to have no validity ever since the catholic church decided that it was OK for their priests to rape young boys who were under their protection. Sorry catholic church...your words now fall on deaf ears as far as I'm concerned.
W. R. Knight January 13, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Thomas Hogan: The first amendment protects your right to practice whatever religion you chose. It does not give you or the attorney general the right to impose your religious beliefs on others. Get that straight.
W. R. Knight January 13, 2013 at 02:45 PM
And by the way, child molestation by priests is not protected by the first amendment.
Dave Webster January 13, 2013 at 06:23 PM
I am a parishioner at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Herndon. The implication that Catholics or the Catholic Church think it is OK for priests to rape young boys is offensive beyond measure and inaccurate. Does the name "Bow DowntoZod" indicate an antipathy to those who believe in God. This thread has gone from an attack on Ken Cuccinelli to an attack on the Catholic Church and believers in general.
Peggy Knight January 13, 2013 at 08:04 PM
The Constitution may be the law of the land, but the US Supreme upheld the validity and constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
Peggy Knight January 13, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I although I do not agree with the Catholic Church's position on birth control, the molestation of young boys has NO!!!! place in this discussion. Please stick to the topic.

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