Not Optimistic this Birth Control Compromise Will Hold

By Nancy L. Cohen, February 10, 2012

2/10/12 12:30PM PST

I’m too familiar with 4 decades of Democratic panic to feel sanguine about today’s compromise.  So, here’s the question, stealing The Atlantic print edition headline for James Fallow’s cover story: Obama: Chess Master or Pawn?

To recap, today Obama announced that religious employers will not have to offer contraception insurance, but women who work for them will still have it covered at no cost. (Here’s how.) Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other women’s groups I trust say they’re pleased. The sexual fundamentalists and their GOP electeds won’t be satisfied. So, what will be next? Because there will be a next. That’s how the democratic sexual counterrevolution works.



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