The Senate Thursday rejected an effort to vastly expand
conscience exemptions to the Obama administration’s new birth control
coverage rule, even as Republican presidential contenders continued to
tussle over the issue.
The measure, an amendment proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)
to a highway funding bill, would have allowed not only religious groups
but any employer with moral objections to opt out of the coverage
requirement. And it would have allowed such employers to do so in the
case of not only contraception but any health service required by the
2010 health-care law.