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Blunting the Facts


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Date:
3/2/2012

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ABSTRACTReview & Outlook: Blunting the Facts - WSJ.com nullnull WSJ WSJ Facebook Twitter MarketWatch MarketWatch Barron's Barron's SmartMoney SmartMoney AllThingsDigital AllThingsDigital FINS FINS More BigCharts Virtual Stock Exchange Financial News WSJ Asia WSJ India WSJ China chinese edition WSJ Japan japanese edition WSJ Europe WSJ Deutschland WSJ Americas en Español em Português WSJ Radio WSJ Wine SEARCH | The Wall Street Journal Review & Outlook Welcome, Logout Customer Center My Journal Help Message Center ( new) U.S. Edition Home ↓ More WSJ.com is available in the following editions and languages: U.S. Asia India China Japan Europe Deutschland Americas en Español em Português Register for FREE Register for FREE Thank you for registering. We sent an email to: Please click on the link inside the email to complete your registration Please register to gain free access to WSJ tools. An account already exists for the email address entered. Forgot your username or password? This service is temporary unavailable due to system maintenance. Please try again later. The username entered is already associated with another account. Please enter a different username The email address you have entered is already in use. Please re-enter the email address. First Name Last Name Email (your email address will be your login) Confirm Email Create a Password Confirm Password Company Size (Optional) Please make a selection 1-99 100-499 500-999 1,000-2,499 2,500-4,999 5,000-9,999 10,000-14,999 15,000-24,999 25,000+ Not Applicable From time to time, we will send you e-mail announcements on new features and special offers from The Wall Street Journal Online. Create a profile for me in the Journal Community Why Register? Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions As a registered user of The Wall Street Journal Online, you will be able to: Setup and manage your portfolio Personalize your own news page Receive and manage newsletters Login/Register to set your edition Today's Paper People In The News Video Blogs Journal Community Subscribe Log In World » More World » More Loading… U.S. » More U.S. » More Loading… New York » More New York » More Loading… Business » More Business » More Loading… Markets » More Markets » More Loading… Tech » More Tech » More Loading… Personal Finance » More Personal Finance » More Loading… Life & Culture » More Life & Culture » More Loading… Opinion » More Opinion » More Loading… Careers » More Careers » More Loading… Real Estate » More Real Estate » More Loading… Small Business » More Small Business » More Loading… Leisure & Arts Book Reviews Letters to the Editor Political Diary Columns Dow Jones Reprints: This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers, use the Order Reprints tool at the bottom of any article or visit www.djreprints.com See a sample reprint in PDF format. Order a reprint of this article now REVIEW & OUTLOOK March 2, 2012 Blunting the Facts Senate Democrats vote against religious conscience. Article Comments more in Opinion | Find New $LINKTEXTFIND$ » Email Print Save ↓ More smaller Larger Nancy Pelosi called it "devastating legislation" and "the latest ploy in the Republican agenda of disrespecting the health of American women." Planned Parenthood claimed the "dangerous proposal" would have allowed "your boss"—yes, yours—to decide "which prescriptions you can get filled and which medical procedures you can have," including cancer screening, maternity care and AIDS medications. It sounds medieval. But in fact, the provision that the Senate tabled yesterday would merely have restored the status quo ante of one month ago . Those were the dark ages before the Obama Administration overturned traditional conscience protections with its birth-control insurance mandate under the Affordable Care Act. The amendment sponsored by Republican Roy Blunt failed 51 to 48, with three Democrats joining the GOP in support and one Republican against. But one thing this fracas did prove is that Americans do not like health-care mandates—which is why liberals stole the language of anti-coercion to defend their coercion. Ponder the trouble Mitt Romney ran into Tuesday when an Ohio reporter asked him about the "Blunt-Rubio" amendment, which does not exist, and explained that it "deals with banning or allowing employers to ban providing female contraception." Mr. Romney replied that he wasn't in favor of that, like all Americans who don't think they've been hijacked by spaceships. But the press corps was soon writing insta-stories about Mr. Romney's putative split with the GOP Congressional wing.......