Senate Democrats Vote to Reaffirm Unconstitutional HHS Mandate

Gateway Pundit

The founder of Domino’s Pizza sued the federal government over the Obamacare HHS mandate in December. Tom Monaghan, a devout Roman Catholic, currently offers health insurance to employees that excludes contraception and abortion. The Obama Administration and Democrats believe Monaghan should have to pay for these services despite his religious beliefs.

A federal judge this month blocked a the Obama Administration from requiring Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees. It infringed upon his Constitutional rights.

Despite this – Senate Democrats voted today to reaffirm the HHS mandate, that tramples on the First Amendment rights of religious groups. The mandate forces religious groups to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs despite their religious or moral objections. LifeNews reported:

Members of the Senate voted today on a mostly party-line vote to reaffirm the controversial HHS mandate, that compels religious groups to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs despite their religious or moral objections.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a pro-abortion Democrat from New Hampshire, filed an amendment to reaffirm the HHS mandate authorized under the Obamacare health care law. That amendment passed on a 56-43 vote (see below).

Democrats supported the HHS mandate along with pro-abortion Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Mark Kirk (Illinois) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) while pro-life Sen. Joe Manchin (West Virginia) was the only Democrat to vote with Republicans.

Shaheen said that her amendment makes sure a woman’s family planning decisions “are not dictated by government or her employer.”

“The United States has one of the highest rate of unintended pregnancies in the developed world,” Shaheen said. “Preventing unintended pregnancies just makes sense.”

But pro-life Sen. Mike Johanns, a Nebraska Republican, disagreed and said, “We must also protect the deeply religious beliefs in this country. This law tramples on the rights of individuals.”

Earlier this week, the nation’s Catholics bishops said the revised mandate is a horrible violation of religious freedom.

The general counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops states that the current proposed revisions of the Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate are “an unprecedented …violation of religious liberty by the federal government” and must be changed.

Democrats don’t care if it’s unconstitutional or tramples on your religious freedoms – they want you to pay for their abortions.

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