Senate bill to restore conscience rights has the support of *32* Senators. Let’s get that to at least 51.

From L to R: Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)

The Obama administration first proposed this onerous HHS mandate requiring that all private insurance plans must cover sterilizations, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs back on August 1.

On January 20, despite considerable protest and personal lobbying by Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, the White House refused to provide religious exemption for religious-based schools, hospitals and charities.

When this terrible regulation was first announced, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO, authored a bill called The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act or S.1467 (read the full text of the bill.) Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) quickly signed on as the primary cosponsors of the legislation.

Here is a list of the Senators who are cosponsors or have publicly pledged to vote for the The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act:

  • 1. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-MO – Cosponsored on 8/2/2011
  • 2. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL –Cosponsored on 8/2/2011
  • 3. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH – Cosponsored on 8/2/2011
  • 4. Sen. John Thune, R-SD – Cosponsored on 9/6/2011
  • 5. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-NE – Cosponsored on 9/6/2011
  • 6. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-KS – Cosponsored on 9/6/2011
  • 7. Sen. Daniel Coats, R-IN – Cosponsored on 9/7/2011
  • 8. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-MS – Cosponsored on 9/9/2011
  • 9. Sen. James Risch, R-ID – Cosponsored on 9/12/2011
  • 10. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY – Cosponsored on 9/14/2011
  • 11. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 12. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 13. Sen. John Barrasso, R-WY – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 14. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 15. Sen. Michael Enzi, R-WY – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 16. Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 17. Sen. John Boozman, R-AR – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 18. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 19. Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 20. Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX – Cosponsored on 10/5/2011
  • 21. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK – Cosponsored on 10/17/2011
  • 22. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE – Cosponsored on 10/19/2011
  • 23. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA – Cosponsored on 10/20/2011
  • 24. Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH – Cosponsored on 10/31/2011
  • 25. Sen. David Vitter, R-LA – Cosponsored on 1/26/2012 *
  • 26. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-GA – Cosponsored on 1/31/2012
  • 27. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-IN – Cosponsored on 2/1/2012
  • 28. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA – Cosponsored on 2/1/2012
  • 29. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY – Cosponsored on 2/1/2012
  • 30. Sen. Jon  Kyl, R-AZ – Cosponsored on 2/7/2012
  • 31. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA – Cosponsored on 2/7/2012
  • 32. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA – Cosponsored on 2/7/2012

* Sen. David Vitter became the first Senator to cosponsor the legislation after the Obama administration reaffirmed the HHS mandate on 1/20/11. Vitter’s support is noteworthy because as Thomas noted he was the one of only three Republicans to vote for the Mikulski Amendment (Snowe and Collins being the others), which gave ObamaCare regulatory authority over these kinds of health services. Vitter is the first of these three Republicans to begin repairing some of his damage by supporting this bill.

The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act or S.1467 would restore the rights of conscience and the freedom of religion explicitly found in the First Amendment of the Constitution. One would think that this list should include all 100 Senators.

There is a companion bill in the House of Representatives, authored by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-NE (endorsed by CatholicVote). Fortenberry’s bill, also known as H.R. 1179, now has 114 cosponsors, up from 97 on the day before President Obama reaffirmed the mandate.

But the Republican-led House would be expected to pass such legislation. It’s still important to contact our Representative in the U.S. House. And certainly House Republican leaders can put pressure on the Senate by passing Fortenberry’s bill.  But ultimately we citizens need to burn up the phone lines and mount public pressure on Senators to pass this bill.

ACTION: If your two Senators are not on this list, call or email them today. Ask your Senators for their position for or against on S.1467 — and ask if they will sign on as a cosponsor of this bill. Let us know in the Comments what response you get from your Senator’s office. If you get an email, copy and paste the email in the comments.

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35 thoughts on “Senate bill to restore conscience rights has the support of *32* Senators. Let’s get that to at least 51.

  1. Mary J. says:

    This is the most horrible thing I have ever heard of. Roy Blunt acts as though Catholics and Protestants are the only religions in this country. An arab enmployer could force his employees to abide by thier religious beliefs. Sharia law or Buddists, mormons, scientology who believes in prayer only, There are all sorts of religions out there who have many many different beliefs. There are cultists who consider themselves religious also. Some people believe that smoking, drinking and gluttony are sins. If you are overweight,have ever smoked or drank the insurance co. and employer can refuse to pay if you develop any lung problems heart problems, cancer or a dozen other diseases.This is just another way for our politicians to keep their promises to big pharma and the insurance co. whom they have sold their souls to. They most certainly not following the teachings of Jesus.

  2. Legislator Patrick J. Moroney says:

    I think this legislation from Obama is an affront to all of us interfering with our religious freedoms. The President has overstepped his boundaries. Legislator Patrick Moroney, Rockland County, New York

  3. Gloria d says:

    below is the email I sent to my Missouri Senator, Claire McCaskill (D) who is very pro-abortion and pro-contraception.
    (To email her, one must choose from menu for “Topic of Interest”, so I clicked on “Choice” – hee hee!)
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    * Please vote FOR Senate bill 1467, for the sake of women.
    * I assume that you, as a defender of Choice, do not believe in forcing anyone to violate their beliefs, ethics, morals and basic common sense – even if you might disagree with them.
    * Common sense tells us that ingesting chemicals that alter or prevent normal bodily processes will cause problems/ dysfunction/ disease. Pregnancy is a HEALTHY and NORMAL state, so it is wrong to equate it to other states of illness or disease which government must prevent among its citizens.
    * I have reviewed a large number of medical studies by researchers world-wide who are not motivated by politics. The unbiased research shows that most or all forms of contraception increase health risks, some numerous, including death. And abortion not only leads to a host of health and reproductive complications, but psycho-social disorders as well.
    * The result is a society full of women who are “walking wounded”, unaware that so much of their cancers, infertility and illnesses are linked to their contraception use and abortions.
    * THIS SHOULD BE ENOUGH REASON FOR WOMEN’S ADVOCATES TO COUNTER THE H.H.S. MANDATE, besides its blatant disregard for religious freedom of conscience and its obvious anti-Catholic bigotry.
    * Thank you in advance for your support of true freedom of choice.

    1. Mary J says:

      This is the biggest crock I have ever heard. I was around before the pill ever came on the market and I had three miscarriages (not abortions). A 12 year old girl is raped and becomes pregnant and you would have her have the baby even though it could kill her or leave her sterile. Many women have died in pregnancy. Your wonder boy Santorum preaches no abortions for any reason yet his wife took a drug that would force induced labor and caused the death of the baby. Tubal pregnancies and eclampsia all problems from pregnancy. There are many religions and cults in America and since our constitution recognizes people the right to choose which religion they follow. What if your employer is s scientologist or a muslim etc?

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