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Al Franken (D-MN) speaks out against the Blunt Amendment, Feb 28, 2012
So women's health and reproductive rights is officially tabled...for now:
The Senate voted 51-48 Thursday to kill a controversial amendment to weaken the Obama administration’s policy requiring employers to provide birth control to their employees.
The Senate voted to table the measure from Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), which would have let any employers opt out of health coverage mandates that violate their religious or moral beliefs.
Three Democrats voted with Republicans to table the amendment: Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.). Casey and Manchin are both up for reelection in 2012.
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who announced Tuesday she would retire at the end of the Senate term, was the only Republican to vote in favor of tabling the amendment.
If you'd like to let Manchin and Casey know how much you appreciate their belief that women's health should be up to their employer instead the woman and her doctor, I've added a link to their Senate contact page.