Massachusetts Senate Candidate Coakley: Devout Catholics ‘Probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room’ Transcript

Audio of how Massachusetts Senate candidate Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley handles questions from WBSM radio host Ken Pittman, including asking her to clarify (elapsed time 1:54/Part 1) her ‘all the terrorists are gone’ statement in a debate with Scott Brown.

… probably shouldn’t work in an emergency room (elapsed time 2:00/Part 2).

Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. Ah … you don’t want to do that.

Martha Coakley: No we have a separation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.

Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.

Martha Coakley: (……uh, eh…um..) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom, but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.

On September 1, 2009, Martha Coakley was the first candidate to take out nomination papers to run in a special election to succeed the late Edward M. Kennedy in the United States Senate in the special election in 2010. Two days later, on September 3, Coakley officially announced her candidacy on her website. She won the Democratic primary on December 8, 2009.Her opponents are Republican Scott P. Brown and Libertarian Joseph L. Kennedy (no relation to the Kennedy family). Coakley was endorsed by The Boston Globe on January 14, 2010.

Martha Mary Coakley (born July 14, 1953) is the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Democratic candidate in the special election‎ to fill the Class 1 seat in the United States Senate made vacant by the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. Prior to serving as Attorney General, she was District Attorney of Middlesex County, Massachusetts from 1999 to 2007.