Target: Dana Loesch at Breitbart.com
Goal: Apologize for accusing Senator Tom Harkin of being “asinine” during discussions of women’s health care coverage
As Senate debates over which aspects of women’s health care should be covered by the Affordable Care Act continue, Republicans both in and out of the Senate are struggling to come up with reasoning for which birth control provisions should not be included, despite the many potential uses for birth control drugs other than actual birth control. In recent hearings, Senator Tom Harkin made an argument pertaining to birth control pills’ use in helping women deal with menstrual cramps. Dana Loesch, a tea party activist at breitbart.com, responded to Harkin’s statement by describing it as “asinine” and suggesting that there are multiple other remedies available for menstrual cramps that are equally effective.
Besides the inaccuracy behind her accusation that Harkin inferred birth control pills to be the only way for women to deal with menstrual cramps (he didn’t), Loesch’s statement ignores an important reality about birth control pills. Regardless of whether or not they are the only effective remedy for menstrual cramps, they are an effective remedy for menstrual cramps, and one used by many women across the United States and elsewhere. Loesch also states that the birth control aspect of the Affordable Care Act is at the spear of the left’s push, ignoring the many other provisions (including breast cancer screening and HPV testing) that Democrats are seeking to cover with the act.
Ask Dana Loesch to apologize for her accusations towards Tom Harkin and admit that birth control pills are a viable method of controlling menstrual cramps used by many women regardless of their level of sexual activity.
Dear Dana Loesch,
In a recent piece at Breitbart.com, you described Senator Tom Harkin of being “asinine” when he advocated for the potential use of birth control pills to control menstrual cramps during hearings on the Affordable Care Act Women’s Health package. You accused him of asserting that birth control pills were the only way to control menstrual cramps, insisting that multiple other effective methods are available. Nowhere in Tom Harkin’s statements was a contention that birth control pills were the only method available for women to control menstrual cramps. His example referred exclusively to the fact that many young women use the drugs under a prescription from their doctors, regardless of their level of sexual activity.
Realistically, menstrual cramps are only one of a number of viable medical reasons for women to take birth control pills that have nothing to do with sexual activity or actual birth control. Please acknowledge this reality and apologize for your statements.
[Your Name Here]
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