Rep. Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican, told supporters yesterday that August 1 will go down as a terrible day in American history.
"I know in your mind you can think of the times that America was attacked. One is December 7, that's Pearl Harbor Day. The other day is September 11, and that's the day the terrorists attacked. I want you to remember August 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a date that will live in infamy along with those other dates."
August 1 marked the day that women with health insurance will get free birth control access under the Affordable Care Act.
"Access to birth control is what Congressman Mike Kelly says is reigning terror down on America," NBC commentator Rachel Maddow explained yesterday.
Numerous other Republicans decried access to birth control yesterday, such as Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle of New York, Rep. Billy Long of Missouri, and Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico. "In New Mexico, we're proud to stand arm and arm with the Catholics and say, 'We'll fight with you to the death,'" Pearce declared.