Senate kills controversial 'conscience' amendment
March 1st, 2012
01:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate kills controversial 'conscience' amendment

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds.

By a 51-48 mostly party line vote, the motion by Democrats to table the amendment succeeded, effectively killing it. Three Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the tabling motion, while one Republican - retiring moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine - voted with Democrats in favor.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    Christian Conservative wrote:

    Obama and the dogmatic party shills could care less about the first amendment and religious liberties as they tramp all over it. Thank God for Senator Blunt and special bravo to the 3 brave democratic senators who stood today for freedom.
    Dogma? Let me be the first to inform you that the issue of whether or not a business run by religious groups can selectively ignore laws based on moral grounds is settled law. The SCOTUS has already decided this issue, ruling that no one can selective ignore the laws of their choosing. Chief Justice Scalia himself wrote an opinion himself against religious groups.

    The !st Amendment was written to protect the government and the citizens from religious extremists. Have a nice day.

    March 1, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Jane

    I would ALSO like to see a list of the male Congress members and spouses of Congresswomen who have had vasectomies, paid for through their taxpayer paid insurance coverage. Vasectomies are birth control too, but do we hear any of the Republicans judging the men? Do we? [crickets]. And to the neanderthal Santorum shill who told women to 'keep their legs together", another good way to avoid all this is to keep your penises in your briefs....

    March 1, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    â–ºSenate kills controversial 'conscience' amendmentâ—„
    An amendment that had NO CONSCIENCE in the first place – what a dumb event
    White MEN deciding what ALL women should do with their bodies s totally INSANE
    The few out there that SHOUTS the LOUDEST are minimal with not blood in their veins

    Let's stick with President Obama – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    March 1, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. Lauren

    @Rudy NYC, ???? Medicare has nothing to do with the current issue. Maybe you know some seniors who need contraception? Is it possible for liberals to stick to the issue when arguing a point?

    Before Obamacare, you could buy any health insurance plan you wanted (or not buy health insurance at all). The government had no say in what had to be covered by the insurance companies. After Obamacare, the government limits the kinds of health insurance you can buy. It requires certain things to be covered, like, as we found out, contraception, whether you object or not. Even worse, it requires you to BUY health insurance whether you need it or not. Can you see why Obamacare is unpopular?

    March 2, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. NVa Native

    Thankfully at least one of the rightist's attempts at social engineering and taking away the freedoms of Americans has failed.
    All that's left is making them face the consequences of working against the American people – vote them all out!

    March 2, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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