Pill Bill - Volume 1 - Blunt Amendment Debate

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The U.S. Senate debates the Blunt amendment allowing employers to reject health care coverage inconsistent with their religious and moral convictions. (5:24)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO THE

DAILY SHOW, MY NAME IS JON

STEWART.

WE GOT IT GOING FOR YOU

TONIGHT.

I'M EXCITED.

TONIGHT'S PROGRAM, I GET TO

TALK ALMOST THE ENTIRE SHOW

ABOUT MY TWO FAVORITE

SYSTEMS.

POLITICAL AND REPRODUCTIVE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: NEITHER OF WHICH I

UNDERSTAND IN ANY, SHAPE OR

FORM.

MY GUEST WILL BE CATHLEEN

KAVENY, A PROFESSOR OF LAW

AND THEOLOGY AT NOTRE DAME

UNIVERSITY AND WE'VE ASKED

HER TO COMPANY BY AND HELP

ME UNDERSTAND LAW AND

THEOLOGY.

APPARENTLY THAT SWEET SPOT

AT THE INTERSECTION OF LAW

STREET AND THEOLOGY AVENUE

HAS NO STOPLIGHT AND A FIRE

CAR PILEUP IS ON IT AND THE

WHOLE SOCIETY IS VERY UP SET

ON IT.

IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THIS

ISSUE OF A HEALTH INSURANCE

MANDATE THAT REQUIRES

EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE PLANS

THAT COVER CONTRACEPTION AS

PART OF WOMEN'S PREVENTIVE

HEALTH CARE.

SOME RELIGIOUS GROUPS THAT

ALSO HIRE THE UNFORTUNATELY

NAMED LADY, HAVE SAID THAT

THIS VIOLATES THEIR

PRINCIPLESES.

THUS, YESTERDAY, AND TODAY

THE UNITED STATES SENATE

DEBATED A MEASURE THAT WOULD

ONLY REQUIRE EMPLOYERS TO

PROVIDE HEALTH-CARE COVERAGE,

QUOTE, CONSISTENT WITH THEIR

RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND MORAL

CONVICTIONS.

IT'S CALLED THE BLUNT

AMENDMENT, AFTER HOW HIGH

YOU HAVE TO BE TO THINK

YOU'RE GOING TO PASS IT

[BLEEP] WHAT ARE YOU

THINKING!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: ALSO THE SPONSOR OF

THE BILL IS MISSOURI

REPUBLICAN ROY BLUNT.

SO THAT ALSO MAY HAVE

BEEN-- THAT MAY HAVE PLAYED

ALSO A ROLE IN THE NAME.

HOW SERIOUS IS THIS ISSUE

RIGHT NOW?

DAMN THING'S A WEEK OLD AND

MITT ROMNEY IS ALREADY TAKE

TWO POSITIONS ON IT

(LAUGHTER)

AND HE TOOK THE TWO

POSITIONS WITHIN THREE AND A

HALF HOURS OF EACH OTHER.

>> -- BEING DEBATED I

BELIEVE LATER THIS WE CAN,

THAT DEALS WITH BANNING, OR

ALLOWING EMPLOYERS TO BAN

PROVIDING FEMALE

CONTRACEPTION.

>> YOU HAVE TAKEN A

POSITION.

>> I'M NOT FOR THE BILL.

CONDITION TRACEPTION IS

WORKING JUST FINE.

LET'S JUST LEAVE IT ALONE.

>> OF COURSE I SUPPORT THE

BLUNT AMENDMENT.

I THOUGHT YOU WERE TALKING

ABOUT SOME STATE LAW THAT

PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM

GETTING CONTRACEPTION.

SO I TALKED ABOUT

CONTRACEPTIVES BEFORE.

SO I REALLY MISUNDERSTOOD

THE QUESTION.

>> Jon: THAT IS-- I

GOT-- DOW-- OXFORD ENGLISH

DICTIONARY, I SUBMIT TO YOU,

A NEW MEASURE OF TIME, THE

ROMNEY.

(LAUGHTER)

JSES IT'S DEFINED AS THE

THREE AND A HALF HOUR WINDOW

IN WHICH A GROWN MAN RUNNING

FOR PRESIDENT CAN CHANGE HIS

DEEPLY HELD CONVICTION TO

ITS OPPOSITE.

(LAUGHTER)

LET ME USE IT IN A SENTENCE

FOR YOU.

OH MY GOD WE'VE BEEN IN THIS

[BLEEP] FOR TWO AND A HALF

ROMNEYS NOW.

(LAUGHTER)

I NEED TO PEE.

NO, I DON'T.

BUT IT'S NO WONDER A ROM NAE

WAS CONFUSED.

THE INTERVIEWER ASKED ROMNEY

ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL, AND AS

THE REPUBLICAN SENATOR'S

DEBATING THE AMENDMENT

YESTERDAY MADE CLEAR, THE

BLUNT AMENDMENT HAS NOTHING

TO DO WITH BIRTH CONTROL.

>> MANY HAVE TRIED TO

CHARACTERIZE THIS AMENDMENT

AS DENYING WOMEN ACCESS TO

CONTRACEPTION.

THAT'S A RED HERRING.

>> THE WORD CONTRACEPTION IS

NOT IN THERE BECAUSE IT'S

NOT ABOUT A SPECIFIC

PROCEDURE.

>> IT THEY WANT TO SOMEHOW

SHROUD THIS, AND VEIL IT AS

A WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUE.

IT IS CERTAINLY NOT ABOUT

CONTRACEPTIVES.

>> Jon: IT IS ABOUT THE

WHORES WHO USE CONTRACEPTIVES.

THE AND DANCING.

IT'S ABOUT DANCING.

IT ALWAYS BEGINS WITH THE

DANCING.

AND THE FACE PAINT.

AND CULOTTES, OH, GARMENT OF

TEMPTATION, YOU ARE THE

DEVIL'S PANTALONES.

FUNNY, YOU WANT TO PRESENT

SOME EVIDENCE THAT ISN'T

ABOUT CONTRACEPTION?

>> WELL, I WENT ON THE

INTERNET AND I WAS ASKED

UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO PUT

INTO THE RECORD AN OPEN

LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT THAT

IS BEING SIGNED BY WOMEN ALL

OVER THIS COUNTRY.

>> Jon: OPEN LETTER FROM THE

INTERNET.

IF OPEN LETTERS FROM THE

INTERNETWORKED HALF OUR

AUDIENCE WOULD BE UNDERNEATH

A REDWOOD SMOKING-- WEED

WITH MUMIO RIGHT NOW.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

DID I SAY HALF, I MEANT 98%.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: BY ENTERING THIS

LETTER INTO THE RECORD, THAT

SENATOR AVOIDS HAVING TO

ACTUALLY READ THAT LETTER

OUTLOUD.

WHICH MEANS YOU ACTUALLY

HAVE TO GO TO THE

CONGRESSIONAL LETTER TO FIND

OUT THAT THIS, NOT ABOUT

CONTRACEPTION LETTER STATES,

QUOTE, GOVERNMENT

CONTRACEPTIVE PROGRAMS

INEVITABLY CHANGE THE SEX,

DATING AND MARRIAGE MARKETS

IN WAYS THAT LEAD TO MORE

EMPTY SEX.

AND I'M PRETTY SURE THEY

MEANT THAT IN A NEGATIVE

WAY.

(LAUGHTER)

SO WE HAVE HEARD IT'S NOT

REALLY ABOUT CONTRACEPTION,

IT'S REALLY ABOUT LIBERTY

AND IF IT'S ABOUT LIBERTY

THERE IS ONLY ONE GROUP THAT

HASN'T WEIGHED IN.

GENTLEMEN, TO THE FOUNDING

FATHERS MOBILE.

>> WE SHOULD NOT LET A

GOVERNMENT INTERFERE IN

THESE BASIC RIGHTS OF

CONSCIENCE, A TERM OF THOMAS

JEFFERSON WHEN HE WROTE THE

NEW LONDON METHODIST IN

1809.

>> Jon: SO ON THE BLUNT

AMENDMENT FOUNDING FATHER

THOMAS

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