The US Senate chose to cancel the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment. The Democrat-controlled Senate, asserted their authority to do away with the religious freedoms of Americans.
One by one, senators marched to the Senate floor on Wednesday and appealed to their colleagues to grab hold of this moment and protect Americans’ conscience. “This issue gets right at the heart of who we are as a people,” said Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in an opening floor speech. “It is not in the power of the federal government to tell anybody what to believe or to punish them for practicing those beliefs.”
But in the end, the Obama’s mandate, forcing faith-based groups to kneel at the administration’s health care agenda, prevailed. Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) amendment, which would have given any person or organization the right to opt out of providing abortion pills or contraception, failed by just three votes, 51-48.
Special note to the Republicans of Maine; your Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) shamefully voted against the Blunt amendment.
Three Democratic Senators, Joe Manchin (WV), Robert Casey (PA), and Ben Nelson (NE), courageously stood up to their caucus and fought for the freedoms of every believing American. Their vote for Senator Blunt’s measure, along with support from Republicans, ranging from pro-life Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH) and even pro-abortion Senator Susan Collins (ME), proved that this debate is not about women’s health but whether the government has the power to override the First Amendment.
Fortunately, the issue is far from over. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry’s (R-NE) bill (H.R. 1179) will come to the rescue of believers.
Contact your representatives and ask them to stand for freedom and vote “YES” on H.R. 1179.