The politics of the contraceptive mandate get more interesting. This week Notre Dame joined the bishops of several dioceses in initiating lawsuits against the Health and Human Services department, claiming Mrs. Sebelius's mandate is a violation of religious liberty.
That's making for some interesting developments in Hoosierland. This afternoon the South Bend Tribune reports the GOP candidate who unseated Dick Lugar in the Republican primary, Richard Mourdock, announced during a visit to South Bend that he supported Father Jenkins and the Fighting Irish in their lawsuit. He added a little stinger:
"It's ironic that a graduate of Ball State should be here defending Notre Dame when a Notre Dame graduate, my opponent Joe Donnelly, refuses to do so," Mourdock said during a press conference at Republican Party Headquarters.
Mourdock also questioned Donnelly's non-support of the "Blunt amendment," which would have allowed employers with moral objections to the contraception mandate to opt out of it.
As Mr. Mourdock reminded his audience, Mr. Donnelly is a Notre Dame alum who has thus far been silent on whether he supports his alma mater in its lawsuit. He was also one of the handful of prolife Democrats whose votes for Obamacare pushed it through. In his case, his vote came after a call from former ND president Father Ted Hesburgh, who says he urged the Congressman to vote his conscience.