by Max Brantley
Let's have a roll call on this one. Sen. Marco Rubio has responded to the Obama administration's effort to prevent birth control discrimination by introducing legislation, with 26 Republican co-sponsors, that would allow any employer to deny contraception coverage under a group health insurance policy. Any employer, church affiliation or not.
Working women of America — and those covered by spouses' insurance — would find their reproductive freedom and, for those who use pills for medical reasons, their health subject to the whims of an employer.
Polls already show 58 percent favor President Obama's policy to prohibit birth control discrimination by some church-related organizations in health plans (though not churches). I'd think the numbers would rise on this more sweeping usurpation of women's medical autonomy.
Of course Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas wants to play Dr. No to womens' reproductive rights. He's a co-sponsor.
Meanwhile, add Sen. John Kerry to the wobbly Democrats.