Women s groups protest Debicella remarks on rape

Women's rights groups staged a rally Wednesday to protest state Sen. Dan Debicella's remarks about rape victims at a debate a day earlier, blasting the GOP lawmaker as insensitive. Full Story
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Michael Brown

Bayonne, NJ

#1 Oct 30, 2008
Debicella said, " ... I do not believe that the Catholic church should be forced to give out emergency contraception in violation of [the church's] beliefs ... "

No one is forcing the Catholic Church to do anything. We are talking about HOSPITALS receiving State of Connecticut tax payer money - over $50 million per year.

And who does he think he is defending? The Connecticut Catholic Archdioceses had already AGREED to the wording in the bill.

Debicella is not helping the people in the 21st District. Rather, he is pandering to his friends at the Family Institute of Connecticut (FIC), a hate filled anti-woman group who wants to re-write the Connecticut Constitution. The FIC has just endorsed Debicella.
Sheltonite

United States

#3 Oct 30, 2008
Let's keep the seperation of church and state, shall we?

May he get trounced.
Tessa Marquis

Bayonne, NJ

#4 Oct 30, 2008
I think the point is that Dan Debicella "just doesn't get it".

He muddied up a very simple issue, actually taking up the cudgel of Joe Lieberman on this matter.

His other votes are similar.

He is smart in certain things (business, I suppose, by the standards of large Corporations) and not so good on local, personal, human issues.

That is not a good attribute for a Legislator.
Missing the Point

Bayonne, NJ

#6 Oct 30, 2008
Sen. Debicella is missing the point entirely. Rape victims shouldn't have to leave a hospital and go to a pharmacy to get emergency contraception. Unlike his comment, he obviously doesn't support EC for rape victims, otherwise he would have voted for the bill.

He mentions Catholic Hospitals--All hospitals in this state, including Catholic Hospitals receive CT tax dollars to operate. This does not leave them an independent entity and, in my opinion, subjects them to state mandates. And frankly, EC is not a moral issue, it is a medical one. EC prevents pregnancy from occurring, it doesn't terminate one.

If anyone is using this as a political issue, it was Debicella and the other 2 Senators who say they support EC and then voted against this--no doubt to gain favor with the conservative groups in CT.
time for a change Stfd

Washington, DC

#7 Oct 30, 2008
Debicella has not been effective in the state senate. He has done nothing for the people of his district but take up space. Time for a change rather than to let him sit there for 20 years and do nothing just like Shays and Dodd. Its very evident, they serve for their own good and that of their friends who contribute to their campaigns, not the people they represnet.
Dan the right-winger

Greenwich, CT

#8 Oct 30, 2008
Senator Debicella said, "I fully support access to emergency contraception for all women, and especially for rape victims." but actually voted to restrict that access. That's called hypocrisy. That's called spin. That's called lying. That's called being a fake politician.
He talks like a moderate but votes right-wing.
www.extremedan.com
Monroe Voter

Budd Lake, NJ

#9 Oct 30, 2008
Sen. Debicella is simply the victim of the liberal majority in Hartford trying to bring more Democrats to the Senate Chamber. This is clearly a desperate move by someone who is WAY behind the the race.
cool

Compton, CA

#10 Oct 30, 2008
If the Catholic hospital doesn't want to provide the sevice then it should have an independent pharmacy within the building to do so. Or it should forego our tax dollars.
Lets be Real

New Haven, CT

#11 Oct 30, 2008
Debicella as actually protecting the seperation of church and state. This country has become socialist in terms of passing laws to force private corporation to abide by the wishes of special interest. Whether you want to believe it or not, a hospital is a privately run enterprise, not a public agency. There are hospitals other than Catholic hospitals, and if the Catholic church doctrine opposes contraception, then don't go there. It is the same as supporting a business that uses child labor...don't buy from them.

Debicellas vote has nothing to do with his compassion for a rape victim, it has to do with what is right or wrong. I am happy that he can seperate his emotions and do his job without making knee-jerk emotionally charged decisions. He is obviously his own man and not controlled by the special interest, no matter who they are.

Michael Brown

Wayne, NJ

#12 Oct 30, 2008
Lets be Real wrote:
...Debicellas vote has nothing to do with his compassion for a rape victim ...
I agree. He obviously has no compassion for rape victims.
Kevin Sullivan

Hartford, CT

#13 Oct 30, 2008
If this is not in fact a political hatchet job by Democrats, then why have they not protested against Senator Don Defronzo of New Britain who also voted against the bill?
The answer is simple...he is a Democrat and Debicella is a Republican. Typical one-sided ultra liberal non-sense.
Lets be Real

New Haven, CT

#14 Oct 30, 2008
Michael Brown if your going to quote something, quote the whole sentence, not just a portion that you chose to take out of context. What you did is perpetuating misinformation by misquoting. I am sure you get angry when your candidates quotes are taken out of context and used to misinform, so don't do it here.
Tessa Marquis

Wayne, NJ

#15 Oct 30, 2008
Poltergeist wrote:
Dibecella is a clown.
A more factual post, please. This is just name-calling.
Informed Citizen

Hartford, CT

#16 Oct 30, 2008
Senator Debicella's vote and his justification for it is a completely valid campaign issue. Good luck trying to run away from this one, pal.
Debicella loudly, clearly and obnoxiously represents the minority views of Connecticut's citizens. His constituents will decide if he should continue representing their views from such a far-right perspective.
I say vote him out!
Tessa Marquis

Wayne, NJ

#17 Oct 30, 2008
Kevin Sullivan wrote:
If this is not in fact a political hatchet job by Democrats, then why have they not protested against Senator Don Defronzo of New Britain who also voted against the bill?
The answer is simple...he is a Democrat and Debicella is a Republican. Typical one-sided ultra liberal non-sense.
I used to be friends with Dan Debicella. My outrage is based on his promise to me that he would "redeem the Republican Party" by proving he is a "Pro-Choice Republican". My enmity on this issue is due to him being untruthful to me, as a friend and supporter, and his very stubborn wrong-headed vote on this issue. He proved his loyalty to the Right Wing FIC over that of those he made promises to. I caution his constituents that he was untruthful to me and he may be untruthful to you.

As for Defronzo, I don't know him. His vote on this bill, however, has also put him on my S**t List.

And Dan, please stop marking my comments as spam.
Michael Brown

Wayne, NJ

#18 Oct 30, 2008
Lets be Real wrote:
Michael Brown if your going to quote something, quote the whole sentence, not just a portion that you chose to take out of context. What you did is perpetuating misinformation by misquoting. I am sure you get angry when your candidates quotes are taken out of context and used to misinform, so don't do it here.
I agree. He obviously has no compassion for rape victims.
Monroe

AOL

#19 Oct 30, 2008
Michael Brown if you need to go to a Hospital? Try Bridgeport or Milford. You must be for Obama?
Laura Dobosz

Hamden, CT

#20 Oct 30, 2008
Representative Deb Heinrich was great yesterday. That is the type of Representative I want in Hartford.

She did not have to but felt
compelled to reveal that she had been raped in an effort to support this
bill and rape victim rights. She had told few people outside here family
about this prior to this revelation. She demonstrates the fact that such a horrific crime can happen to anyone and it is of utmost importance that we treat victims of rape with the highest level of compassion available.

Stratford, Shelton, Seymour, and Monroe would be lucky if they have such a advocate in the state legislature.
Laura Dobosz

Hamden, CT

#21 Oct 30, 2008
In addition, I think Mr. Debecilla is missing a big point. Plan B, or the emergency contraception pill is NOT an abortion pill. It is simply a magnified dose of the birth control pill that millions of women use. There is nothing more morally wrong about Plan B than there is something morally wrong with a woman taking the birth control pill.
Laura Dobosz

Hamden, CT

#22 Oct 30, 2008
Lets be Real wrote:
Debicella as actually protecting the seperation of church and state. This country has become socialist in terms of passing laws to force private corporation to abide by the wishes of special interest. Whether you want to believe it or not, a hospital is a privately run enterprise, not a public agency. There are hospitals other than Catholic hospitals, and if the Catholic church doctrine opposes contraception, then don't go there. It is the same as supporting a business that uses child labor...don't buy from them.
Debicellas vote has nothing to do with his compassion for a rape victim, it has to do with what is right or wrong. I am happy that he can seperate his emotions and do his job without making knee-jerk emotionally charged decisions. He is obviously his own man and not controlled by the special interest, no matter who they are.
Wait. Time out.
If one is protecting the seperation of church and state, then one would not try to tell me that taking emergency contraception is wrong. The ideas of the church would stay out of our legislature and I would therefore be free to take or not take whatever medication I choose. It is by bringing the church into the state that would dictate emergency contraception as either illegal or immoral.

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