Blogger Connecticut Bob reports that Joe Lieberman supports the approach of the Catholic hospitals when it comes to contraceptives for rape victims (as reported in The New Haven Register, by Gregory B. Hladky on 03/13/2006, via KissJoeGoodbye.Com).
Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so. "In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.
Lieberman is losing NOW’s endorsement over the issue of conscience clauses that allow individual doctors, pharmacists and hospitals to refuse service if they do not believe contraception, or other services, are appropriate. It [img_assist|nid=159|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=98|height=100]may be a short drive in small Connecticut, but in the rest of the country Lieberman once wanted to be Vice President for, the drives can be many hours because of the reach of networks of Catholic hospitals providing service (or not) in some small communities.
Ideology triumphs over common sense once again. Joe – remember – the goal here is to reduce unintended pregnancies.