Cuccinelli: Jail 'Logical' Protest to Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Virginia AG says health care act is attack on Catholic Church.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said this week he believes that going to jail may be the best way that Virginians can challenge President Obama's healthcare mandate for businesses to cover contraception in their health insurance plans. 

"Forcing business owners and businesses to do this is not consistent with our history of preserving religious liberty," said Cuccinelli Wednesday, in an interview with conservative radio talk show host Steve Deace

Cuccinelli, a conservative who is running for governor, said that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an attack on the Catholic Church, and that his local bishop told him he was willing to go to jail over the issue. 

"I told him, 'Bishop, don't take this personally - you need to go to jail.' What I mean is that people need to see this play out all the way to its logical conclusion," said Cuccinelli. 

Virginia Del. Charniele Herring (D-46), chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said in a news release: "Virginia women deserve better than an Attorney General who wants employers in this Commonwealth to 'go to jail' rather than comply with the law of the land and offer insurance coverage for contraceptives that experts say are essential to keeping women healthy."

"Ken Cuccinelli's outside-the-mainstream attacks on FDA-approved birth control should have no place in the office of Virginia's top lawyer and certainly not in the Governor's mansion," Herring said. 

What do you think? Should employers be forced to pay for contraception in their employees' health care plans? Tell us in the comments box below. 

John David Kern January 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Ken Cucinelli is absolutely right. At a time when many in the country seem to out of their minds on a bent on rejecting our founding values and principles, Ken is a voice of reason. Ken proves himself time and time again to a principled leader.
Michael January 12, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Oh, please. Give me a break. The guy is a nut. Get real.
Fred Wilson January 12, 2013 at 02:12 PM
KC is certainly pushing his "religious" views down everyone's throats. Religion poisons everything! If he and his right wing constituents want a theocracy, let them secede from the union and form one!! See how far he gets....
Chris January 12, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Ken is a real kook. First of all, affordable health care is against the Catholic church's values? Give me a break! Secondly, there are things that are public policy that everyone disagrees with. Some people don't agree with war, does that mean they have the right to withhold the sizable portion of their taxes that go to defense? Of course not. Why does he not advocate breaking the law to protest capital punishment? Oh, I forgot he supports capital punishment even though his church is steadfastly opposed to it. I guess Ken considers himself a cafeteria Catholic. But the real take away from this, is that Cuccinelli clearly does not take his job as Attorney General seriously. After all, how can the cheif law enforcement officer for the state call on people to break the law? People should be concerned of how he would govern as Governor.
Sally Spangler January 12, 2013 at 05:16 PM
HARRUMPH - that's your opinion!
Sally Spangler January 12, 2013 at 05:19 PM
It is about time that everyone stop to recognize that our faiths and religious views are ours, and ours alone. Mr. Cuccinelli should backtrack to that idea. I am Protestant. I do not follow the statement of Mr. Cuccinelli as the ABSOLUTE answer to a woman. We are not living in 1400 something in Britain, but in he 21st Century of the United States.
Hannah Ann Smith January 13, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Michael is right...he is a nut.
Jess Lowry January 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Couldn't have said it better
Fred Wilson January 13, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Yes, Sally...and if YOUR opinion is "HARRUMPH:", you are a woman of few ideas...
T Ailshire January 14, 2013 at 03:53 PM
What gets me is that Cuccinelli said during the campaign he didn't feel he needed to prosecute or obey laws he didn't find morally justifiable and Virginians elected him anyway. The only good thing I can say about him is that he hasn't changed his tune. For a man who wants "religious liberty" he sure wants us all to live by his moral/religious code. In my opinion, there were no great candidates for AG last election, but we chose the worst.
Micheal January 17, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Chis make sure you check your facts before you make a statement about someone's faith the official stance of the Catholic church is that capital punishment is acceptable. http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/capital_punishment.htm
Sally Spangler January 17, 2013 at 03:34 AM
Grin - for Fred - my Harrumph is a disgusted sound. Yes, I have more than a few ideas. I choose not to say them. Religious face offs are a waste of time and makes sure that there is an opponent to argue from whatever place or just maybe emotional thought of the moment. A stupid waste on here. If we (all of us posting here, that is) were to begin an argument on religion or what we perceive as our true thoughts and belief - this would be shut down and we would only be more upset. Religious faith is too personal to talk about in general without some barriers to keep the conversation on the real point(s) of a particular group. We aren't here to talk about our faith/religion - but whether Mr. Cuccinelli is going overboard in his particular version of it. And who are we to say what is right or wrong. We are entitled to our beliefs, but not try to sell them to others and certainly not make them a law.


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