Contraceptives Bill Blocked in the Senate

On March 1st, the Senate voted down the Blunt Amendment, which would have given employers across America the freedom to refuse insurance coverage for any services contrary to their own religious beliefs.  Many Republicans backed the Blunt Amendment, citing the view that the new health care law violates the first amendment rights of religious institutions who are opposed to funding coverage for contraceptives. This opinion was dismissed by a majority in the Senate, who pointed out that the language of the bill is so open that employers could refuse to cover almost any service under the guise of “religious reasons.” The Senate upheld President Obama’s policy, which exempts churches and other houses of worship from providing contraceptive coverage, with the provision that female employees can obtain such coverage at no cost from insurance companies. For more information, click here.

 

 

                                                                                                                                Posted by: Julia Krieger

Project Specialist

Campaign Consultation, Inc.

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Julia Krieger

I have extensive experience coordinating communications and outreach initiatives focused on health and social issues. In my current position as Project Specialist, I provide communications technical assistance to regional and federal efforts within the National Partnership for Action initiative, with support from the Office of Minority Health. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer who worked on health and social affairs projects in the Federated States of Micronesia. Read more.

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