During a heated debate in New London, CT, Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon was confronted with her recent claim that Catholic-run hospitals should be allowed to deny emergency contraception to rape victims.
McMahon, who has been trying to convince her Democrat-heavy state that she is pro-choice, quickly reversed herself, claiming she was talking about a church being forced to administer the morning after pill, rather than a hospital:
MCMAHON: It was really an issue about a Catholic church being forced to offer those pills if the person came in in an emergency rape. That was my response to it. I absolutely think that we should avail women who come in with rape victims the opportunity to have those morning after pills or the treatment that they should get.
Though McMahon now claims she thought churches were being required to administer the morning after pill, the original question, asked repeatedly by the Hartford Courant editorial board, clearly referred to a hospital, where a rape victim is far more likely to seek help.
Connecticut passed a law in 2007 requiring all hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. Catholic hospitals in the state now do a pregnancy test before administering Plan B pills. The Hartford Courant reported at the time that the bishops did not believe Plan B amounted to an abortion even if the woman was ovulating, saying, “To administer Plan B pills without an ovulation test is not an intrinsically evil act.’”
McMahon, however, says she would have voted for the Blunt Amendment, which would have allowed any employer to refuse any kind of health care on moral grounds.