Montana state Senator Larry Jent is miffed at me because I drew attention to his anti-birth control vote in the legislature last week. On Jent’s Facebook page he claims that the GOP bill he’s supporting
“did not even mention contraception…It seems that cowgirls lie as well as Karl Rove”
Here’s the screenshot:
In fact, the bill gives the legislature specific authority over what’s covered or not in state worker health plans. The entire discussion in committee made this clear. In this video, you can hear the committee staffer specifically assuring the legislators that yes, this would give them the authority to remove:
“contraception other things that could be very controversial..like..I don’t know, health and wellness for women.”
We will give Mr. Jent the benefit of the doubt and assume that he simply misunderstood the bill, and did not know what he was truly voting for. A general rule of thumb for Democrats in the upcoming legislature should be: when wing-nuts propose something, it is most likely a bill that is designed to advance right-wing ideology, not make things better for Montana citizens. The bill in this case was proposed by Dave Lewis. While not a wing-nut in every sense, on abortion and birth control he is way out there (right, Dave?).