Senate votes to kill controversial contraception amendment
March 1st, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Senate votes to kill controversial contraception amendment

(CNN)– The Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would allow employers to opt out of providing health care coverage that they disagree with on moral grounds.

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  1. Cyaphas

    Red is back for the pass! Here comes blue with a full blitz! The crowd is ready to tear itself to shreds! What a game! What's that I see in the owner's box... the same person?!!?!?

    March 3, 2012 at 4:05 am |
  2. Iqbal Khan


    March 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  3. Tori

    Reblogged this on The Beat.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  4. Tori

    Reblogged this on Christianity and Democracy.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  5. Reality

    What Obama, the Senate and the House should address:

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

    : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

    Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter.

    March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Hasa Diga Eebowai

      Maybe people should get the HPV vaccine then

      March 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
    • Reality

      Said vaccine is not available for young adults.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • chubby rain

      HPV vaccine can be given at the age of 11.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Reality

      To clarify:

      "The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common se-xually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States, with approximately 6.2 million cases diagnosed annually.[1] There are more than 100 strains of HPV, over 40 of which can cause cervical cancer and geni-tal warts.[2] In June 2006, Gardasil, a vaccine produced by Merck that protects against four strains of HPV, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in girls and women ages 9 to 26.[3] Since that initial ruling, the FDA has also approved the use of Gardasil in boys and men ages 9 to 26, and the use of another HPV vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Cervarix, for girls and women ages 10 to 25.[4],[5] The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends routine vaccination against HPV for girls and boys ages 11 and 12. "

      March 2, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs."

      March 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Mike from CT

      J, come on we been through this, the studies do not point to your conclusion at all please stop posting this lying cr.ap

      March 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • just sayin

      Don't study studies, studies are misleading, Study God

      March 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Hasa Diga Eebowai

      Hahahahaha, like the bible isnt misleading

      March 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Mike from CT

      Prayer, is believed to be answered by the gods, that every believer worships. It's part of the package. Partly it is due to selective observation: People tend to remember the "answered" prayers and forget the prayers that were not. No religion can claim that their god answers more prayers than all the others. It is all wishful thinking. None of the gods stand out. Only 33% of the world's population are Christians. If the Christian god was so outstanding... Or Krishna... Or Allah... Or Pick a god..., there would only be one true god.

      The reason the Christian god can remain so hidden, is not because He is magic. It is because He does not exist.

      Random chance and coincidence is responsible for some of the answered prayers. When I say "answered", I mean that the prayer is granted. God saying "No" and there being no god, are indistinguishable.

      I believe that believers reinforce the belief that prayer works. Everyone has a friend, who has a cousin, that was raised from the dead on his birthday.

      Jesus speaking:

      "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." –Matthew 21:22 (NIV)

      "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." –Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

      "Ask and it will be given to you.... For everyone who asks receives." –Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)

      "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." –Matthew 18:19 (NIV)

      James 5:15 – And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.

      Let's be honest. Don't be afraid to use critical thinking. Jesus said the above, about prayer. Is it true? Can you post back to me and claim what Jesus said is true?

      Why has there never been a doc_umented case of an amputated limb being restored? Do you think an amputee never prayed or had faith?

      Double blind experiments, have all shown that prayer has no effect on illness.

      Because people have believed the promises of the bible, they have withheld medical care for their children. They prayed instead. Evidently, god was not moved by their faith. Their children died. Modern medicine could have saved them. OOoopsie!

      Why aren't Jesus' words true? Can you think of any possibilities? If Jesus' words aren't true about prayer, then how can we depend on anything else Jesus said? Maybe if we could "test" the afterlife claims, they would be no more real than the claims about prayer.

      A fundie once told me, that god always answers prayers in one of three ways:
      1) God says, "yes". You get what you asked for immediately.
      2) God says, "to wait". You will get what you asked for at some future date.
      3) God says, "no". You will not get what you asked for.

      Hmmm.... But I can get the same success from the carton of milk I have sitting on the breakfast table.

      1) If I pray to my magic carton, some things will come true immediately, just by chance and coincidence.
      2) Some things will come true at some future date, for the same reasons.
      3) If I don't get what I want, then my magic carton said, "no".

      I think there is a problem, when there is no difference between praying to a god and praying to a milk carton.

      Having a prayer answered, appears to require only 3 things:
      1. Belief
      2. Faith
      3. And to be totally sure, you need others who agree with what you are asking for, to pray with you.


      Remember the Gulf oil spill?
      Remember how a ton of people prayed for god to stop the gushing?
      I was spellbound! I watched the real time video of the oil spill. I expected to see it stop. It did not. Human technology eventually capped the well.

      Remember when Rick issued a proclamation, that for 72 hours, the citizens of Texas would all pray for rain. I thought, surely god would hear their prayers and open the windows of Heaven!
      The "days of prayer" ended Sunday, April 24, 2011.
      As of Dec 7, 2011 ... Most of Central Texas and the Colorado River basin remain in the grips of an extreme drought.

      Studies have shown prayer does not work. Any miracles or answered prayers are the result of random chance, coincidence, selective observation or fraud. Believers tend to remember the perceived positive outcome of prayers and forget the failed. Because believers rely on faith, they are easily deceived by unscrupulous people.

      Christians MUST contest this. They must rent their clothes and Shout: "Do not put the lord your god to the test!" LOL!

      God, either does not care or does not exist. Personally, I'm checking the second box. LOL.

      You and I can prove it. We will flip a fair coin, 20 times. Each time, you and all the Evangelicals can pray to god, that the coin comes up "Heads". If the coin comes up Heads each of the 20 times, I will get on my knees and pray the sinners prayer. But if we get a "Tails" in the 20 flips, you will admit that statistics rule and prayer is wishful thinking.


      March 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Jesus

      "J, come on we been through this, the studies do not point to your conclusion at all please stop posting this lying cr.ap"

      The original post is lying crap, the experts have proven you wrong.

      March 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      The thing is, prayer DOES change "things". It changes the circulating level of plasma beta-endporphins, which is chemically very similar to Morphine Sulfate. Why do you think people keep doing it ? It's addicting.... just like jogging/running, humming, singing, meditating, chanting, etc., etc. Prayer DOES change that. (That's ALL it changes, but it DOES do that). 🙄

      March 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • llɐq ʎʞɔnq

      sorry, endporphins = endorphins

      March 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things

      March 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • bigot

      "Prayer changes things

      Yeah chemicals in your brain maybe

      March 2, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  7. David Johnson

    And how about that Santorum? Isn't he the poster boy for "Religious Nut"?

    I pray to all the gods, past and present, that this guy gets the nomination.

    The way it looks right now, we can look forward to Obama's second term with a Senate and House Democratic majority!

    Thank you Religious Right! Your crazy attempt to take over government, has energized sane Americans.


    March 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Mike

      Right on Brother! You speak eloquently and logically. Unfortunately most Christians have decided not to base their life on 'logical' understanding. Essentially they are scared of death, and need to have a way out of it. It is through their faith, prayer, and shared 'principles' that they can have answers for all the 'bad' things that happen. If they didn't try to push it on the rest of us, I would say okay, live and let live. But unfortunately, the Rick Santorum's, George W's, Jerry Falwell's of the world won't be happy until they have an autocratic, theocracy state similar to Iran.

      March 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  8. David Johnson

    I wish Obama had not made any concessions, to the Catholics. I wish they had to furnish birth control pills to women, during communion, if the woman desired.

    Where is the outrage for Priests who attack children and Bishops who cover it up?


    March 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • PrimeNumber

      I remember a few years ago some gay folks went into St. Patrick's cathredral and handed out condoms at communion. Very dignified and worthy people, these.

      March 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Mike

      I believe that an important requirement for all Priests of the Catholic faith be castration.

      March 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  9. Evan

    The Senate is Congress...Congress is made up of the House of Reps and the Senate.
    Try learning a little something about our government.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Some folks want to frame the argument in the religious context, so they can flout their anger with society and god. I would rather frame it in the freedom context. Does this act by the Government, help or hurt freedom? My initial leaning is that anytime the Government mandates behavior that a freedom goes away, so based upon this decision, the Senate majority wants to control more of our lives. Don't celebrate the loss of freedom America, look at where we were, the price we paid for it, and where the senate majority is taking us.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • JohnR

      Mandates and prohibitions by definition limit freedom. That doesn't mean that no case can ever be made for either, obviously. But you need to make a much stronger case than Obama et al made in this case, imho. The rhetoric from the left on this issue has made the Tea Partiers almost sound coherent.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • chubby rain

      What about the right of employees to have access to medical care?

      March 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  11. BRC

    A brief shining moment where Congress does the right thing. I was getting worried there for a minute.

    March 1, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • boocat

      Umm...it was the Senate that vetoed not Congress.

      March 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • David Johnson

      boocat is right. The House has a majority of Republicans... so Republican bills are usually passed. The Senate has a majority of Democrats, so Republican bills are usually defeated. Both the House and the Senate must approve of a bill, before it goes to the President, to be signed into law. The President has the option to not sign a bill and therefore veto it. The presidents veto could be overruled, with enough votes from Congress.

      The whole system will work better, after the Republicans are voted out in 2012. I am looking forward to it.


      March 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • BRC

      I understand taht the Senate did the right thing, I have no idea what the House's input was. Admittedly, I oversimplified when I said Congress, it was an expedient.

      March 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
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