As a way to bolster support for a Connecticut law which would require hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape surviviors, Rep. Deborah Heinrich took the brave step of speaking out about her own sexual assault. Matt has more.
UPDATE: Melissa has a detailed post about the hearings for the bill. It was apparently a 9 1/2 hour ordeal, wherein many brave women got up and told their stories. Melissa writes:
Rep. Heinrich was one of several women willing to share their personal stories before the committee. Another standout was reigning Miss. Connecticut, Heidi Voight who has made the rights of victims of sexual assault, her platform. Some women waited hours just to be heard. It’s interesting to note that only two survivors spoke in opposition of the bill. No matter what side of the debate you fall on I’m in awe of anyone who had the courage to go on record about their own assault.
Absolutely. And apparently the opposition was in its usual form, disparaging rape survivors and not understanding the basic medical facts:
Most of the opposition didn’t fare as well. My favorite was Senator De Luca. He doesn’t serve on the committee, hadn’t read the bill, hadn’t listened in on any of the hearing, and was completely ignorant of what Plan B even was. Yet for some reason he felt compelled to speak. For 28 minutes we were treated to De Luca’s testimony. And I know I’m not the only who, at 10:30 PM when the hearing finally ended, appreciated that Senator DeLuca had taken up so much of everyone’s valuable time.
DeLuca’s performance was staggering, but so were the questions and commentary of many committee members. Rep. Bruce Morris kept calling on politicians and rape advocates to talk about theology. Rep. John Thompson constantly mispronounced the word ovulation as OVALation, and asked Dr. Davidoff if the sperm inside an assaulted woman could be considered a “continuation of the rape.” Rep. Adinolfi suggested that not all rapes were crimes, complained about his own poor treatment at the ER (and seemed to be implying that rape victims were asking for special treatment), and after staying silent while a number of experts testified chose to aggressively question a a grad student about why she and others were attacking Catholic hospitals.
Go check out her whole post.
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