As Sandra Fluke reminded us yesterday, Wednesday is a great day for American women. That’s because it’s the day that a provision of President Obama’s health care law giving women access to free preventive care, including birth control, goes into effect.
Judging from the response on Twitter to Sandra’s column, a lot of people are pretty psyched about that. But not Rep. Mike Kelly. in fact, the Pennsylvania Republican thinks this is a pretty dark day in American history.
Just how dark? Said Kelly at a Capitol Hill press conference:
I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day. The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.
Yup, you read that right.
Remember, by the way, that after an outcry from conservatives, the Obama administration agreed not to require employers to offer birth control coverage if they felt doing so violated their religious beliefs. Instead, insurers will be required to offer coverage to women who want it. So the “attack on our religious freedom” never really panned out.
Just more evidence that the War on Women is all totally imaginary, of course.