From Fox News:

Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that  would have let insurers opt out of providing contraceptive coverage if employers  had religious or moral objections.

The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,  shorthanded as “the conscience amendment” and authored by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.,  was “tabled,” or set aside, on a 51-48 vote.

Democrats needed 50 votes to prevail.

Blunt’s amendment to a transportation bill would  exempt employers from a new government mandate, soon to be put in place under  the Patient’s Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/03/01/first-senate-vote-looms-on-obama-birth-control-policy/#ixzz1ntAmevD7

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