White House refuses to state position on contraception

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In a press briefing last week, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan completely refused to answer a pretty goddamn important question: is Bush opposed to contraception?
Q There are news reports this morning that parents and children who were guests of the President, when they visited Congress, wore stickers with the wording, “I was an embryo.” And my question is, since all of us were once embryos, and all of us were once part sperm and egg, is the President also opposed to contraception, which stops this union and kills both sperm and egg?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think the President has made his views known on these issues, and his views known –
Q You know, but what I asked, is he opposed — he’s not opposed to contraception, is he?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, and you’ve made your views known, as well. The President –
Q No, no, but is he opposed to contraception, Scott? Could you just tell us yes or no?
MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think that this question is –
Q Well, is he? Does he oppose contraception?
MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think the President’s views are very clear when it comes to building a culture of life –
Q If they were clear, I wouldn’t have asked.
MR. McCLELLAN: — and if you want to ask those questions, that’s fine. I’m just not going to dignify them with a response.

Hmmm…I wonder why no answer? That’s a head-scratcher…

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6 Comments

  1. annie hollis
    Posted May 31, 2005 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    how completely ridiculous, but unsurprising. every day i think these people can’t piss me off any more…

  2. tfreridge
    Posted May 31, 2005 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    You guys get offended too easily. A persons actions speak louder than their words and I’d be willing to bet that the Bush family has used birth control. They aren’t strict Catholics, y’know.

  3. annejumps
    Posted May 31, 2005 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    tefridge, who said we’re offended? I’m not offended. I think it’s funny that he can’t say that he’s in favor of contraception, because then the wingnuts will go crazy, and he can’t say that he’s against it because the sane people will start paying attention. So McClellan ends up making the conflict comically obvious by dodging the question and pretending like it’s hugely inappropriate.
    And of course they’ve used contraception. Of course the reporter wasn’t asking about them specifically. The question was asked to make a point. Come on.

  4. Posted May 31, 2005 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Actions do speak louder than words. For instance, contraceptive use, infidelity and abortion in the Bush family speaks to their deep, deep hypocrisy.

  5. Posted June 1, 2005 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    White House refuses to take position on contracep

    Q Well, is he? Does he oppose contraception?
    MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think the President’s views are very clear when it comes to building a culture of life –
    Q If they were clear, I wouldn’t have asked.
    MR. McCLELLAN: — and if you want to as…

  6. Kathleen
    Posted June 1, 2005 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    The point isn’t whether or not the Bushes used contraception – they have and will continue to place restrictions on others that they will not follow. How many times does Bush have to show that he considers himself above the law? The point is that he can – and may – restrict others access to contraception.

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