Sen. Tom Harkin: Forcing Catholic Church to Pay For Abortions and Birth Control Is OK Because Women ‘Have Terrible Menstrual Cramps’

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), a pro-abortion Catholic, told reporters it was OK to force the Catholic Church to pay for abortions and birth control because women “have terrible menstrual cramps.”

CNS News reported, via Free Republic:

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today justified what the Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously called an “unjust and illegal mandate” that forces Catholic business owners to provide coverage for free sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs because, Harkin said, some women need birth control pills to deal with menstrual pain.

“There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work,” said Harkin. “I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor.”

In an interview with, Harkin at no time contested that the regulation required Catholics to act against their faith. Instead, he likened forcing a Catholic to purchase health insurance that covers sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to forcing Quakers to pay taxes to cover a war.

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  • Mike

    Finally someone more stupid than Harry Reid.

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  • bobdog

    My God! I had no IDEA! We should round up all women immediately and herd them together into government provided corrals for their own good. Perhaps soft music, free chocoloates and muted colors would help. We clearly need to fund a major study to find ways to spare women from this terrible burden. It’s the Christian Thing To Do.

    It may be that the best way to minimize this mass suffering is to breed them every year or two, since pregnancy stops this awful cycle of misery.

  • Diane Harvey

    Can’t compare to the cramping pain I endure that ANY Democrat has the ability to make law.

    That any Democrat is a legislator is such an indictment of the level of education and common sense among voters.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    And some boys suffer from painful spontaneous erections and the embarrassment that occurs when they are in high school.

    Does Harkin have a federal program for them too?

  • John

    It is NOT possible to be a “pro-abortion Catholic”, it is a contradiction in terms.

    I suggest that Senator Harkin is a pro-abortion man who attends a Catholic church but is hardly a Catholic.

    And if he accepts communion he is committing a mortal sin and his parish priest needs to refuse communion to protect his soul.

  • Spider

    The jokes just write themselves when you let dems talk about stuff.

  • Granny

    It is time for the good Senator to retire.

    BTW, I had “terrible menstrual cramps” for close on to 50 years. Nobody ever ONCE paid for birth control pills for me – or even part of the birth control pills.

  • ohme

    Very few women take birth control for cramps. Show me some numbers….We always just took a Midol. I know maybe one friend in all my life who has taken birth control for cramps and did it on the up and up.
    Athens-Clarke County, Ga. just voted for an Obama supporter 2008 now posing as a Republican . She misrepresented herself by speaking at a “Stand-Up Rally” on the 1st amendment during her campaign. Cleverly avoiding the Obamacare issue. Mrs. Quick supported late term abortion and fought vehemently against our 24 week cap on abortions in our state. The Bill passed anyway. She won the primary with 64 votes. I needed to vent on this! thanks for the article.

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  • dba…vagabond trader

    Gee, where was ole Tom when I needed his advice? My ibuprofen tab was ginormous back in the day. Don’t suppose he11care would’ve covered that huh?


  • xkaydet65

    I’ve been waiting for the Quaker DoD taxation argument for some time. I am surprised that it took this long and that it was a Dem dim bulb like Harkin to put it out there. The problem is that it’s a pretty good argument. Back in the day 40% of a Quakers personal federal income tax payment went to the DoD, even more during WW2.My guess is that the couner argument will be an examination of the doctrine of compelling state interest. The state has a compelling interest in its self defense and can require much of its citizens to that end. It is difficult to envision that it is a compelling interest of the state to see that all women are provided free of charge something that many do not need and that is readily available at modest cost. The other argument is that the Catholic Church is, as an institution, being forced to participate in what it believes as dogma to be grievous sin. One of the things I’ve been surprised is that relief for the Church from this mandate is not the goal of the bishops. It is relief from the mandate for the Faithful. That is a much larger and important issue.

  • the real wow

    Another poster child for term limits!!!

  • Mekan

    I don’t care if it is birth control or diapers…when did our government have the right to force any company or private citizen to buy or provide anything!! I guess providing birth control is a tax too.

  • Annoyed

    I’d rather be hated for who I am than liked for who I am not. –Kurt Cobain

  • Freddy

    Can ANYONE imagine what the outrage from the feminazi’s would be if they actually were non-partisan?

  • RKflorida

    Compared to this idiots brain farts, cramps are a minor thing.

  • PopeBama-da-Last

    54% of Catholics couldn’t get enough obama. So, THEY elected him——-Now he (obama) tells them “Pound Eucharistic Sand and Do It My Way, or Else!”

    Can you finally see the damage you’ve caused this country?

    Thanx, AGAIN !

    Get used to seeing this post—-It’s meant to “inspire”.


    Isn’t your Chief Justice a “practicing Catholic”, also ?

  • chuck in st paul

    ya just can’t make this stuff up, they beat you to it every time, all very naturally for them;
    what a moron-a-thon

  • dunce

    Menstrual cramps, headaches, i bet his wife has a dozen other excuses to explain her distress.