Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) weighed into the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's birth control mandate this weekend, dismissing the concerns of women who cannot afford contraception.
"My wife actually went online here in Wisconsin and typed in, 'what if I can’t afford birth control,'" the freshman Tea Party senator told ThinkProgress. "Came up, bam. If you can’t afford it, you can get birth control in this country.”
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Johnson has been a vocal opponent of Obama's birth control mandate, which requires nearly all employers to provide insurance which covers the cost of contraception to employees.
ThinkProgress asked Johnson to clarify his comments regarding birth control. “You can get it," Johnson insisted. "Go online, type it in. It’s easy to get.”
Some organizations however, have put down the picket signs and taken the judicial approach.
The Becket Fund, a small, non-profit law firm, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Benedictine college, a Roman Catholic university, and an interdenominational school against the birth control mandate.
Obama's entire health care reform law is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court and could potentially be repealed.
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