Senate Defeats Bill To Reverse Birth Control Rule

The Senate has defeated a Republican effort to roll back President Barack Obama's policy on contraception insurance coverage.

The measure sponsored by Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, was defeated 51-48. The measure, an amendment to a pending transportation bill, would have allowed employers and insurers to opt out of portions of the president's health care law they found morally objectionable. That would have included the law's requirement that insurers cover the costs of birth control.

Republicans said it was a matter of freedom of religion; Democrats said it was an assault on women's rights and could be used to cancel virtually any part of the law.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    Nope, this is about violating the constitution freedom of religion....and its been done now. I don't want to pay for social behaviour that is bad and irresponsible. So when the gal next door has her 9th abortion, I would rather not pay for that....its so not me.
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on Mar 2, 2012 at 08:56 PM
    People, this isn't about freedom of religion or women's rights, and it isn't about entitlement, either. It's about companies run by religious people who only want to offer insurance plans to their employees that do not cover birth control. These women are willing to pay for insurance that covers it. That's how insurance works. You can get plans that do not cover contraceptives and they won't be covered, simple as that. The issue is that people want to use religion to save some money (since employers subsidize insurance, they get it at a bulk discount). Complicating matters is this big Obamacare monster that nobody understands stating that if employers don't offer health insurance, the government will. Anyway, it shouldn't be up to your employer to determine what you can and can't get insured. It shouldn't be their business. Freedom of religion isn't a factor. Business owners can practice their religion. They just can't force it on anybody. That kind of behavior is what the First Amendment was designed to protect against. Freedom of (one) religion implies freedom from the rest.
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      by REM on Mar 4, 2012 at 01:36 PM in reply to Eric
      This IS EXACTLY about freedom of religion and entitlement. Evidently you are the one who doesn't understand how insurance works. EVERYONE has to pay cost of coverage; and every claim to that covered gets a percentage off out of pocket expenses. So, everyone will be paying for men and women to have sex. End of story. People like you are what's destroying this nation. You are living in your own little world where every thing is backwards. Forcing Catholics to offer contraceptives is in direct violation of the Constitution. So is making other tax payers foot the bill.
  • by Eyes Wide Open on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:03 PM
    Why can't anyone take responsibility for themselves???? If someone wants to have sex but does not want to face any consequences then THEY SHOULD PAY for their OWN birth control!!!!! It is outrageous that this is even a topic of discussion. The entitlement mentality is killing this country!!! Birth control is NOT expensive, as a matter of FACT the health department will give you condoms at NO COST!!!! This arguement has NOTHING to do with women's rights. Where will the entitlement programs STOP??? The national debt is $15.5 TRILLION!!!!! Why is the media talking about birth control??????
  • by Shi Location: Here on Mar 2, 2012 at 09:32 AM
    Oh I am SO glad to see intelligent people! THANK YOU
  • by Same? Location: enc on Mar 2, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    This is the same church that spent millions of dollars to hide and defend their pedophiles? They are upset about birth control? Ironically, the Pope condones comdoms-it just women who have no control-again. Where was Santorum when his priests were raping our children? This is exactly the kind of corruption that caused the first Reformation and another might be on it's way! With their recent history of child abuse, I think they would do well to keep a "low profile" for a long time!
  • by Just saying on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    Courts have repeatedly found that any plan that includes prescription coverage must include contraceptives. Many catholic institutions are have been quietly doing that for years. The Blunt bill would allow employers to pick and choose coverage at will. Single and pregnant? What if your employer considers premarital sex a sin and doesn't want to provide maternity coverage? In a car wreck and a blood transfusion helps save your life? Get ready to pay the tab if your Jehovah's Witness boss won't allow it on the plan. The bill not only negates widespread current practice and the laws of numerous states, but opens the floodgates to all kinds of random discrimination.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:08 AM
    The new GOP credo - ''we promise to stay out of your pockets as long as we can control what's in your pants.' what's wrong with these people?
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 2, 2012 at 05:56 AM
    Thanks for confirming it Barlow. I was pretty sure you had no idea what it is like to own a business.
  • by Anonymous Location: Here on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:59 AM
    Well said!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:49 AM
    I say let the women's sex partners pay for their birth control!!! Why should I as a tax payer pay for her to have sex?! PAY FOR YOUR OWN BIRTH CONTROL! I DO!
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      by Yup on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:04 AM in reply to
      That is the bottom line of this whole issue but the liberal democrats and the media are trying to make everyone think it is something else. Unfortunately, many don't have the common sense and thought process to figure that out.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:34 AM in reply to Yup
        The scariest thing about this is how close the vote actually was. Wow. I wasn't overly concerned, knowing that Obama would never sign it, but the fact that so many senators voted for it really freaks me out. I wonder how many were WOMEN?
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