President Obama has ducked abortion votes from the time he started his political career. In contrast to his obvious prejudices on economic policy, I don't know enough about his advisors on this subject to know what his own views might be. What's clear, though, is that the right to an abortion has never been something he's been willing to go out on a political limb for, even when that limb is as strong as support within his own constituency for that right.I was actually starting to believe I was wrong about this. Because I'm never wrong when I'm being a pessimist about the Obama Administration.
If past is prologue, then he won't be fighting for it this time, either. I'd love to be proved wrong on this, but I think we can expect some sort of peace offering from the White House to the religious fanatics in the next few days.
Progressive Idiocy: Chickens Coming Home To Roost
So, I was mystified. Somehow, I figured, there has to be a way he'll get out of having to confront the churches about providing their employees with birth control. Sure enough, that shoe dropped with the Friday news dump:
Taking a conciliatory tone and asking for a wide range of public comment, the Obama administration announced this afternoon new accommodations on a controversial mandate requiring contraceptive coverage in health care plans.That's better, I'm right when I think things are about to get worse, and Barack Obama is once again acting like the two-faced bastard he always was. Two things that are as universal as Planck's constant.
Coming after a month of continued opposition from the U.S. bishops to the mandate, which was first revised in early February to exempt certain religious organizations, today’s announced changes from the Department of Health and Human Services make a number of concessions, including allowing religious organizations that self-insure to be made exempt.
Obama Administration Issues New Contraception Mandate Rules
God's in his heaven again.
I can't wait to find out how he'll renege on requiring all other insurance to cover contraception. It's coming, I'm sure of it.
Maybe not until 2013, though.