Someone alerted me to a comment made by a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat for Massachusetts Martha Coakley (D-MA). Kathryn Lopez of National Review picked it up.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
It’s a Good Thing for Martha Coakley That There Are No Catholics in Massachusetts
Oh. Wait. There are a few, aren’t there?
During an interview today, Martha Coakley was asked about the conscience issue Catholic medical personnel encounter when it comes to a law that mandates the distribution of emergency contraception, which sometimes works as an abortifacient. (I wrote about the details of this issue as pertain to Scott Brown and Massachusetts and Martha Coakley’s misrepresentation of all of this here.)
Coakley explained that this should not be a problem because "we have a separation of church and state." "Let’s be clear," the attorney general added.
The radio host, Ken Pittman, pointed out that complex legal principle that "In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom."
Coakley agrees that "The law says that people are allowed to have that." But, making clear her view — the attorney general who wants to be the next senator from Massachusetts — she declared that "You can have religious freedom, but you probably shouldn’t work in an emergency room." (Listen here.) [So… Martha Coakley will be against freedom on conscience for health care workers.]
And perhaps Saint Elizabeth’s on Cambridge Street shouldn’t have an emergency room at all?
Martha Coakley is a terrible candidate.