FW from Michael Besso: State Official & Religious Conviction
Controversy in Connecticut
VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu
Wed Mar 8 23:54:21 PST 2006
From: Besso, Michael [mailto:michael.besso at uconn.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 5:22 PM
To: Volokh, Eugene
Subject: State Official & Religious Conviction Controversy in
I thought that you (and the Religion Law list) might be interested in
the following story, about a call for the resignation of a Connecticut
state official who testified before the legislature in a manner that
appeared to accord with his personal religious view rather than the
general mission of his state office. (I pass this to you because I am
not a member of the list.)
Here is an excerpt:
"Lt. Gov. Kevin B. Sullivan called on the state victim advocate to
resign Tuesday, saying James Papillo's opposition to a bill that would
require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims
violates his oath of office.
"'Imagine the state victim advocate testifying against victim's rights,'
Sullivan said at a press conference in his Capitol office.
"On Monday, Papillo, also an ordained deacon in the Roman Catholic
Church, appeared at a legislative public hearing and opposed the
proposed law that would require the state's four Catholic hospitals to
offer the so-called Plan B emergency pill to all rape victims.
"The Catholic Church opposes the bill, saying that in some cases taking
the pill can be equivalent to abortion - a violation of Catholic
The link to the Hartford Courant article:
Lecturer, Political Science
University of Connecticut
michael.besso at uconn.edu
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