Snowe: Birth Control Controversy Is A ‘Retro-Debate’

Since the Obama administration announced that most employers will be required to cover contraception in their health plans without additional co-pays or deductibles, most Republicans have characterized the regulation as an attack on religious freedoms. But last night, retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) said at a Women’s Campaign Fund gala that it was surprising that today’s political debate “comes to contraceptive coverage.” “I feel like it’s a retro-debate that took place in the 1950s,” she said. “It’s sort of back to the future, isn’t it? And it is surprising in the 21st century we would be revisiting this issue.” Snowe, who opposed the GOP’s anti-contraception Blunt amendment, added that Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke should have been commended for speaking out in favor of contraceptive coverage rather than being attacked for her views.