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Rubio Introduces Bill To Overturn Contraception Mandate

 

Sen. Marco Rubio

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has introduced a bill to repeal regulations issued by the Obama administration that many faith-based organizations say would force them to buy health insurance plans that violate their consciences.

“The Obama Administration’s obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people,” Rubio said in a Jan. 31 statement.

Rubio also criticized the administration for “forcing religious entities to abandon their beliefs.”

He described his bill, titled “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012,” as “a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so.”

On Jan. 20, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized a “preventative services” mandate that would require employers to purchase health insurance plans that cover sterilization and contraception, including some abortion-causing drugs.

The mandate includes a religious exemption, but it only applies to organizations that exist for the purpose of inculcating religious values and limit their service and employment primarily to members of their own faith.

The limited scope of the exemption means that most religiously-affiliated ministries and groups will not qualify for it.

Rubio introduced his bill on Jan. 31 “to provide religious conscience protections for individuals and organizations.”

The legislation observes that the mandate’s “absurdly narrow exemption,” which is “unprecedented in Federal law,” will exclude thousands of “charities, hospitals, schools or soup kitchens that hire or serve individuals who do not share their religious tenets.”

It points out that “religious freedom and liberty of conscience are inalienable rights protected by the Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.” [More]

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CNA/EWTN News

 
 
 
 

23 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    Santorum-Rubio 2012!

    • Carmel says:

      Thank you, Sen. Rubio and congratulations for standing up for faithful Catholics and Christians across the U.S.A.! Let’s hope that more of our Senators have the courage to stand up for our First Amendment rights! God bless you!

  2. Vin says:

    Thank you so much for standing up for what is so apparently right and moral.

  3. Texas Catholic says:

    Rubio for President ? Did you vote for Santorum in your primary ? He’s just as good if not a better Catholic, IMHO.

  4. MGM says:

    MAY YOU ALWAYS WALK IN SUNSHINE..MAY YOU NEVER WANT FOR MORE. THANK YOU.

  5. Karen says:

    Sen. Rubio, You are Presidential material! God Bless you for standing up for catholic christians and patriots all over this country. My husband is Cuban American and we know what is really at stake here. Stay strong! Karen

  6. MFB says:

    Thank you,Sen. Rubio.The faithful Christians, religious leaders and Congress, in particular should stand up and say enough is enough, in this frontal assault on our religious freedom.

  7. denise sharar says:

    RUN FOR PRESIDENT!

  8. Karen says:

    Thank You Senator Rubio!!! Thank you for standing up of all the Catholics and Christians in America! God Bless America!

  9. Elizabeth Weggesser says:

    Dear Senator Rubio, May the Lord Bless you, and keep you. May the Lord make His Face shine upon you and be gracious unto you and may the Lord lift HIS Continance on you !!! You are surely Blessed. May God choose our next President. !!!

  10. mary says:

    Thank you St Mark

  11. mary says:

    May God always give you what Pope John Paul II couragio- Supernatural courage and boldness to blaze a huge trail I pray you will be save against these evil people who are selfish. God Bless you abundantly. You should run for president you have morality these other guys don’t

  12. Thank you and may GOD continue to work through you.

  13. There are so many people who need you, to help keep our beautiful country a nation under GOD, just as it was from it’s birth.

  14. Gloria Costello says:

    Dear Sen Rubio: It takes courage to stand up for we believe in and what is right in the eyes of God. Thank you for what you are doing in defending the lives of innocent Americans who cannot voice their own words. God bless you Frank and Gloria Costello

  15. Barbara says:

    Congratulations Senator Rubio for standing up for life. All Catholics and Christians need people like you to be there for us

  16. Mary Ellen O'Rourke says:

    Thank you and bless you, Senator Rubio. May you be bless by God and I will pray for you.

  17. Patty says:

    Thank you Sen.Rubio for living and standing up for your Catholic beliefs,glad I voted for you!

  18. Dude says:

    Thank you, Senator Rubio, for standing up for our religious rights as Americans! I certainly hope my own senators will emulate your courage and common sense.

  19. Vonne says:

    Thank you Senator Rubio. We need many more leaders in America like you, who give us hope.

  20. Mary Ellen says:

    Our prayers are being answered.
    Praise God! May he continue blessing Sen. Rubio and his supporters. thank you!

  21. lisag says:

    Religious people all across America are cheering you on Sen. Rubio. The government cannot force anyone to buy anything against their conscious.

  22. Suzanne says:

    Thank you, Sen. Rubio and congratulations for standing up for faithful Catholics and Christians across the U.S.! Let’s hope that many more of our Senators have the courage to stand up for our First Amendment rights! God bless you!

 
 

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