by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/1/12 1:53 PM
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.
Senators Mark Begich (Alaska, D)
Tom Harkin (Iowa, D)
Richard Durbin (Illinois, D)
Mary Landrieu (Louisiana, D)
John Kerry (Massachusetts, D)
Barbara Mikulski (Maryland, D)
Claire McCaskill (Missouri, D)
Robert Menendez (New Jersey, D)
Kirsten Gillibrand (New York, D)
Jack Reed (Rhode Island, D)
Pat Leahy (Vermont, D)
Maria Cantwell (Washington, D)
Patty Murray (Washington, D).