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That must’ve been one Hell of a nap…

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…because when I awoke and finally got a look at the “latest” transcript from the Republican’s 2/22 debate in Arizona, this is what I heard:

KING: Governor Romney, both Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich have said during your tenure as governor, you required Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. And Mr. Speaker, you compared the president to President Obama, saying he infringed on Catholics’ rights. Governor, did you do that?

ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. Of course not. There was no requirement in Massachusetts for the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims. That was entirely voluntary on their report. There was no such requirement. Likewise, in Massachusetts health care bill, there’s a provision in Massachusetts general laws that says people don’t have to have coverage for contraceptives or other type of medical devices which are contrary to their religious teachings. Churches also don’t have to provide that to entities which are either the church themselves or entities they control. So we have provisions that make sure that something of that nature does not occur.

Translation:

KING: Both Senator Santorum and Speaker Gingrich accuse you of mistreating rape victims.

ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. Of course not. There was no requirement in Massachusetts for me to do anything, so I took a principled stand and did nothing. Besides we have provisions that make sure that something of that nature does not occur.

You mean like contraceptives? That the four Republican candidates oppose emergency access to contraceptives in the case of rape and are trying to strengthen ties with a similarly biased base makes me feel like I nodded off near King George’s Tavern and slumped awake against President’s.

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