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Reaction to Vote on Blunt Amendment

Grace Marie Turner, Founder, President and Trustee, Galen Institute, Inc.

The White House may have succeeded in this first round in framing this as a fight over the right to contraceptives. But the American people understand that this is really about the fundamental issue of the founding principles of this country and the meaning of the Constitution’s protection of our religious liberty. They will not allow the First Amendment to be trampled, and this battle will continue.

L. Brent Bozell, Chairman, ForAmerica

By a 75 percent margin the American people are opposed to Obama’s dictatorship-by-mandate. The Senate had the opportunity to join with the American people in rejecting this tyranny. It shows how useless this body has become that it folded like a cheap suit. Those who voted against the Blunt amendment now own this mandate too. It will be so enjoyable watching them voted out of office.

Penny Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America.

As a woman representing 500,000 women nationwide, I am deeply disappointed that Senator Blunt’s amendment to safeguard our religious and moral convictions was tabled.

When religious groups are forced to deny their deeply held religious convictions, it is not called ‘balance’ as suggested by this Administration, it’s called “tyranny.”

It’s distressing that some in the Senate were allowed to shift the debate away from what should be the true debate. This is not a question of reproductive rights; this is a question of fundamental rights of liberty.

It is now up to the House to ensure that our First Amendment rights which are the bedrock of American society are not eviscerated.” As President Reagan so eloquently said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.

Brian Burch, President,

Voters across America watched today as a slim majority of the United States Senate voted to gut the First Amendment of our Constitution by failing to protect the religious freedom of all Americans. Today’s vote was in response to a controversy the Obama administration chose to create. The president and his secretary of health and human services have divided the country with an unprecedented assault on our first freedom — the right to believe — by forcing every American to pay for medicines and procedures that millions of Americans find morally objectionable. And now a majority of the United States Senate has chosen to affirm this assault on people of faith, endangering all those served by religiously affiliated organizations. Make no mistake, this mandate is unconstitutional and will be overturned by the courts or by the American people by electing a majority of Senators who will stand up for religious liberty. We call upon all voters of faith, and all citizens who believe in freedom to hold accountable every senator who voted against the First Amendment today.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

We diminish liberty when we give the government a veto on our deepest held beliefs. Today’s vote was short-term political win for liberal lobbying groups and a long term loss for religious freedom in America.

Now that Congress has abdicated its role as the protectors of our constitutional rights, the many religious employers and individuals burdened by the unconstitutional mandate  will have to await the vindication of their rights in the courts.


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