Senate Takes Up Contraception Bill

    In this Feb. 28, 2012, photo, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., talks to reporters following a Republicans strategy session at the Capitol in Washington. The Senate is debating Republican legislation aimed at taking a bite out of President Barack Obama’s health care law. The measure, sponsored by Blunt, would allow insurers and employers to opt out of any requirements to which they object on moral or religious grounds. That includes the recently rewritten policy that shifts the cost of contraceptive coverage to insurers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    An amendment that would allow employers to avoid insurance regulations that they find morally objectionable goes before the Senate for a vote Thursday. Put forward by Republican Senator Roy Blunt, the bill “is about the First Amendment,” said Blunt in a February press release. “It’s not about any one issue.” The vote on the bill does come, however, in the midst of a continuing partisan feud over an Obama healthcare mandate that requires all employers to provide insurance plans that cover prescription birth control. Blunt first tried to bring the amendment to a vote in February by attaching it to a $109 billion piece of transportation legislation.

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