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Were Catholic Hospitals in Massachusetts Forced to Provide Morning-After Pills?

8:05 AM, Feb 24, 2012 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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“Asked yesterday to elaborate on that position, Romney said simply that the law was the law and that the state had to follow it.  The governor characterized his own beliefs about emergency contraception this way:  ‘My personal view, in my heart of hearts, is that people who are subject to rape should have the option of having emergency contraception or emergency contraception information.’”

After responding to Romney in the debate, Gingrich made the broader point about the inevitable tension between liberty and centralized government power, saying:

“I want to go a step further, because this makes a point that Ron Paul has been making for a generation and that people need to take very seriously. When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny, because the government has the power of force. You inevitably — and I think this is true whether it’s Romneycare or Obamacare or any other government centralized system — you inevitably move towards the coercion of the state and the state saying, ‘If you don’t do what we, the politicians, have defined, you will be punished either financially or you will be punished in some other way like going to jail.’ And that’s why we are, I think, at an enormous crossroads in this country.”

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