Senate Stops Proposal That Would Deny Birth Control Based on Religion

Planned Parenthood president calls the decision “an important victory”

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Want to deny the women who work for you birth control because of your religious or moral beliefs? The U.S. Senate says no can do.

MSNBC reports a proposal to let employers and health care plans “opt out” of ponying up for medical care or services that go against their religion was shut down in a 51-to-48 Senate vote yesterday.

“This is an important victory,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said, according to the network. “Today’s vote says that your boss won’t be able to decide which prescriptions you can get filled and which medical procedures you can have.”

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First Published March 2, 2012

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