For the second time in as many weeks, Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.) insisted on Thursday that Democratic-conceived health care legislation would set up "school-based health clinics" encouraging promiscuous sexual behavior and dangerous medical procedures among the nation's youth.
Speaking on the House floor, the Minnesota Republican read a letter from a local constituent named Jamie, who at the age of 14 found herself popping morning-after pills, abusing birth control, lying to her parents about it all and skipping class to go back to the clinic. It's a generally horrid tale that would seem relevant if, in fact, it had anything to do with the current health care reform debate.
As Bachmann sees it, the legislation being considered by Democrats in Congress would allow the government to grant abortions on demand and bring groups like Planned Parenthood into education facilities. The section she refers to in the legislation, however, makes no mention of abortion at all.
And yet, despite being roundly scoffed at for her first go around, the conservative congresswoman was back on the floor Thursday, using the letter from Jamie to demonize a provision that didn't exist.
"Madame Speaker," she said, "this is a story of tragedy by one girl in Minnesota. Minnesota has experience with the school-based sex clinics that are being proposed in the bill that would have government takeover health care in this country. Surely we can do better by our children then encourage them to gain experience in a lifestyle that will bring them only heartache and perhaps physical devastation."