Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Property of the Tampa, FL, Dept. of Corrections 

Our supreme mack-daddy colleague TBogg linked earlier today to a Hugh Hewitt interview with former DNC head Terry McAuliffe --
HH: But I mean, you often cite Catholic doctrine in this book, and yet you support late term abortions, and judges who impose them on people. […] Is that teaching optional, Terry McAuliffe?

TM: Is what teaching optional?

HH: The Church’s teaching on the sanctity of life?

TM: Hey, listen, I have my views on my religious beliefs, Hugh, you’ve got yours.
-- prompting our distinguished colleague Brad Altrocket of Sadly, No! to wish that Democrats were "a little snappier with their talking points":
The simple answer to Hugh’s question is, “My religious beliefs in no way dictate what should and should not be illegal. I’m not a big fan of lying, committing adultery or disrespecting your parents, but I don’t think anyone should go to jail for those things. We don’t live in a theocracy, Hugh.”
We are seldom inclined to disagree with our distinguished colleague Brad Altrocket of Sadly, No!, but when he asserts that we do not live in a theocracy, it is incumbent upon us to point out that some of us, in fact, do:
First, police say, a 21-year-old woman was raped at Gasparilla. Then, she was handcuffed and jailed - for two nights and two days.

A jail worker with religious objections blocked her from ingesting a morning-after pill to prevent pregnancy, her attorney says, keeping her from taking the required second dose for more than 24 hours longer than recommended . . . .

As police assisted her, taking her to a nurse examiner's clinic, and processing her report, an officer found two outstanding warrants for the woman in Sarasota County.

Attorney Virlyn "Vic" Moore III of Venice said his client was seated in the front seat of the police cruiser, on her way to the scene of her attack when the officer learned of the warrant, cuffed her and placed her in the back seat . . . .

The student had failed to pay $4,585 restitution after a 2003 juvenile arrest, McElroy said. Moore said his client is convinced that she paid the fine and that the warrant was probably the result of a clerical error . . . .

A doctor had given her Plan B, the so-called "morning-after pill" approved by the FDA, to prevent pregnancy. But Moore said a medical supervisor at the jail refused to let her take the second of the two pills on Sunday.

For the emergency contraceptive to work, the first pill must be taken within three days of unprotected sex and the second 12 hours after the first. The woman had already taken the first pill soon after the assault Saturday, Moore said. She was unable to take the second pill until Monday afternoon. The jail allowed it, he said, after media inquiries.

Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office, which runs the jail, said she couldn't comment on the situation because medical information is private. But she said medical service policies are set by Armor Correctional Health Services, which contracts with the jail.
Daily Kos diarist Native Gator, citing a report by a local CBS-TV affiliate, says that attorney Moore "has receipts showing 19 payments from 2003 to 2005 to cover [the young woman's] court ordered restitution. In addition, Armour Medical is refusing to answer any questions about this case, but the news reporter highlighted verbiage from their contract saying it could be terminated if there was dissatisfaction with their level of services."

Bad news for that so-called "medical supervisor": we just spoke to Jesus, and Jesus told us that while he really has very little use for the pharmacists who refuse, on religious grounds, to fill prescriptions for emergency birth control, he is willing to forgive them if they beg in a sufficiently abject fashion. After all, their relatively venial sin pales before the act of denying a traumatized rape victim her legally-dispensed contraception -- a transgression so heartless, so heinous, so self-righteously evil it wins you a perpetual blind date with four of Satan's most tireless cacodemons.

Enjoy Hell!

(Thanks to our heroic colleague Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake for the links.)

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