Coakley didn’t read the bill? The Senate Healthcare Bill contains a conscience clause.

I just received this press release from the Brown Campaign.  I’m printing it verbatim.  Martha Coakley’s hypocrisy is stunning.

In an astonishing example of hypocrisy, Martha Coakley and her Democrat allies have spent millions of dollars over the last week attacking Scott Brown on a policy position that she has pledged to fully support.

With her promise to be the 60th vote for President Obama’s health care legislation, Martha Coakley has given her approval to a conscience clause that would protect religious workers in the healthcare field from engaging in practices that conflict with their faith.

According to the Boston Globe, “The 2005 amendment that Brown sponsored in the state Senate would have allowed a physician, nurse, or any other employee to deny rape victims an emergency contraceptive if it ‘conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief.’ The facility would have had to have someone else who could administer the contraceptive or refer the victim to another facility at no additional cost to the patient. The amendment, which did not pass, was attached to a bill that he ultimately voted for, which required emergency rooms to provide the contraceptives to rape victims.” (Viser, Boston Globe, 1/13/10)

While Martha Coakley spent the last 7 days criticizing Scott Brown on the conscience clause, she has committed to Democrat leaders in Washington that she will be the reliable 60th vote for a measure that also contains a conscience clause.

Obama’s  Government-Run Health Care Experiment Includes A Conscience Clause. “PROVIDER CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS.-No individual health care provider or health care facility may be discriminated against because of an willingness or an unwillingness, if doing so is contrary to the religious or moral beliefs of the provider or facility, to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.” (Sec. 1303(a), H.R. 3590, Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute, “Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act,” Introduced 11/18/09)

Martha Coakley’s hypocrisy heightens as she attacks Scott Brown for having the same position as Ted Kennedy on conscience protections.

In A Letter To The Pope, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) Said “I Believe In A Conscience Protection For Catholics.” “I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field and I’ll continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone.” (William Kristol, “Will Obama Repudiate Smear Campaign?” The Weekly Standard, 1/16/10)

Beth Lindstrom, Scott Brown’s campaign manager, said, “By spending the closing days of this campaign hypocritically attacking Scott Brown for a position she herself has endorsed, Martha Coakley has left no doubt that principles take a back seat to political expediency. Martha’s unfair and negative attacks represent the old way of doing politics, but these gutter tactics won’t work when Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday.”

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