With the Supreme Court due to issue a ruling by Monday on contraceptive coverage in employer-provided health insurance, Rachel Maddow last night offered a zinging takedown of New York Catholic archbishop Timothy Dolan’s infamous April interview on the topic on the CBS Sunday morning show Face the Nation.
Referring to Dolan’s comments that “all you have to do is walk into a 7-Eleven or shop on any street in America and have access to [birth control]. Is that right and to have access to those paid for by. … Is that such a towering good that it would suffocate the rights of conscience? I don’t think so,” Maddow mocked the idea that one could actually access reliable birth control at a store that sells Slurpees and hot dogs cooked on metal rollers.
After the video of Dolan’s comments, Maddow’s snark was on full display as she described it as “Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York explaining on CBS in April that 7-Eleven is really all we need to take care of any contraception needs in this country. …Walk into any store in America. They’ll put in your IUD for you. Just ask nicely. Also, wash your hands.”
The high court will soon rule in a case in which craft store Hobby Lobby and other employers are challenging the Obama administration’s mandate that employee health coverage include access to contraceptives at no cost to the employee, claiming that some contraceptives constitute a form of abortion and that providing them violates the employers’ freedom of religion. It’s a case that has implications for many LGBT-specific health concerns as well.
Maddow also noted that opposition to birth control has become a mainstream Republican position, and she then spoke with journalist Dahlia Lithwick about the Hobby Lobby case. Watch her takedown of Dolan and conversation with Lithwick in the videos below.