We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $23,765 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Senate defeats bid to pass 'Rights of Conscience' bill

Catholic World News - March 01, 2012

The US Senate has narrowly defeated legislation that would have rescinded the Obama administration’s mandate requiring coverage of contraception in health-care plans.

By a vote of 51 to 48, the Senate rejected the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. The bill had been introduced by Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri as an amendment to an unrelated transportation bill.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been strongly recommending passage of the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. The defeat of the “Blunt amendment” suggests that the bill’s prospects for success are poor.

Of the 24 Catholics in the Senate, only 11 supported the Blunt amendment, while 13 voted against it. Among those Catholics, all of the Republicans voted in favor of the amendment. Two Catholic Democrats—Senators Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin of West Virginia—joined with a non-Catholic, Senator Ben Nelson of Wisconsin, as the only Democrats to support the conscience-protection legislation.

These Catholic legislators voted against the Blunt amendment:

These Catholic legislators voted for the Blunt amendment:

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($23,765 to go):
$25,400.00 $1,635.00
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: claire5327 - Mar. 01, 2012 7:05 PM ET USA

    when a country is without a conscience that country will die; Satan's heart has no conscience, thus, those f who follows It is also without one. Do cry for our lost of Virtue of the first step, a conscience!

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 01, 2012 5:53 PM ET USA

    We are reaping as we have sowed in the past 50 years: the rise of the pseudo-Catholic warring against the Church from within while the Church continues with a crisis of bishops.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines April 24
A More Militant Church? April 24
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops April 24
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot April 24
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? April 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21