July 18, 2014 — Our featured video spotlights a Democratic bill that would block medically unsound state abortion restrictions. And don't miss quips from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the Hobby Lobby ruling.
GOP lawmakers began re-examining their strategies for appealing to women after President Obama's large margin of victory among female voters helped propel him to a second term, reports MSNBC's Steve Kornacki, filling in for Rachel Maddow. Kornacki discusses controversial comments by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) -- who is part of the GOP's outreach strategy -- that Republicans need to "bring it down to a woman's level" to connect with female voters.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) joins Kornacki around the five-minute mark to discuss the Women's Health Protection Act (S 1696, HR 3471), a Democratic bill that aims to undo state laws that impose medically unnecessary restrictions on women's health care. "It is Congress' role to protect [women's] fundamental constitutional rights when states are enacting legislation intended to interfere with them," she says (Kornacki, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 7/15).
Jon Stewart of the "Daily Show" dives deeper into Hobby Lobby's objections to offering health insurance coverage for certain types of birth control, including emergency contraception, that the company's owners claim cause abortions. Stewart points out that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and FDA refute the notion that EC causes abortions. "Although, what do they know about vaginas?" Stewart quips, adding, "Not as much as the owners of a store that sells foam cones and glitter" (Stewart, "Daily Show," Comedy Central, 7/14).
Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert also gives his satirical take on the Hobby Lobby ruling, which ensures he "no longer has to pay for slut pills." The ruling is a "victory" Colbert deadpans, adding, "So break out the champagne, but not too much, Hobby Lobby employees, because your birth control is no longer covered. Be careful, please" (Colbert, "Colbert Report," Comedy Central, 7/14).