Thirteen Catholic Senators Vote Against Religious Liberty



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ABSTRACTThirteen Catholic Senators Vote Against Religious Liberty | LifeNews.com LifeNews.com Thirteen Catholic Senators Vote Against Religious Liberty by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/1/12 1:53 PM Print Email National The Senate today voted against the Blunt Amendment that would have protected the rights of religious employers from having to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Although the Catholic Church and leading pro-life Catholic groups strongly supported the amendment and one Cardinal warned how the Obama HHS mandate might have devastating effects for Catholic health care — possibly shutting down hospitals — Catholic senators didn’t appear to get the message. Thirteen of them voted against the amendment. “By consenting to the disastrous HHS mandate, the U.S. Senate has taken the unprecedented step to deny our religious liberties instead of defending the Constitution,” said Matt Smith, president of Catholic Advocate. “It is disappointing to witness a group of senators misled on this issue at the expense of one of our key founding principles.” The following is a list of how the 24 Catholic Senators voted on the Blunt amendment: Senator Mark Begich (Alaska, D) – Opposed Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska, R) – Supported Senator Marco Rubio (Florida, R) – Supported Senator Tom Harkin (Iowa, D) – Opposed Senator James Risch (Idaho, R) – Supported Senator Richard Durbin (Illinois, D) – Opposed Senator Mary Landrieu (Louisiana, D) – Opposed Senator David Vitter (Louisiana, R) – Supported Senator John Kerry (Massachusetts, D) – Opposed Senator Barbara Mikulski (Maryland, D) – Opposed Senator Susan Collins (Maine, R) – Supported Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri, D) – Opposed Senator John Hoeven (North Dakota, R) – Supported Senator Mike Johanns (Nebraska, R) – Supported Senator Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire, R) – Supported Senator Robert Menendez (New Jersey, D) – Opposed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (New York, D) – Opposed Senator Bob Casey Jr. (Pennsylvania, D) – Supported Senator Pat Toomey (Pennsy.......