NOTE: This is post is by BC. From now on they will come directly from him (this one did, I just screwed something in blogger because, well, I am kinda dumb).
While they were in the majority, one of the things Republicans did well was force Democrats to take tough votes. They consistently put Democrats on record on sticky issues, including partial birth abortion. This helped alot during campaign season.
Now that Democrats control Congress, they have to do the same thing to the GOP. The war resolution is a good start, but there needs to be more. Sadly, a new opportunity has come to light.
I say sadly, becomes the opportunity is borne of tragedy. The St. Petersburg Times has an article about a woman who was put through an ordeal after she reported her rape. One aspect of this fiasco was that she originally denied access to the morning after pill. Let me repeat that - a raped woman was denied the medical treatment she desired (I can't say for sure, but if you applied the old WWJD standard, I don't think denying her treatment would be the answer).
I realize that people have different levels of comfort with the right to choose and the morning after pill, but I believe it is safe to say that sane people would allow a rape victim the right to choose her medical treatment. Of course, the religious right has never been all that sane.
The Democrats need to have a bill that guarantees a woman the right to receive a morning after pill after being sexually assaulted, regardless of where she is being treated. That would force the GOP to choose between the religious right votes they crave and the rights of a rape victim. It's the right thing to do with the added benefit of being a politically deadly vote.