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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. 

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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