Romney Comes out Against Blunt Amendment (UPDATED)

Note: This posting has been updated to reflect a statement released by the Romney campaign.

Tomorrow the U.S. Senate is likely to vote on the Blunt amendment--an amendment introduced by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that would allow employers to exclude any insurance benefit they deem immoral or “contrary to their religious beliefs.”

If passed, this amendment would allow employers to force their beliefs on employees, stripping them of their personal rights to religious freedom—and the ability to make their own moral and health decisions.

So, we were glad to hear that Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, today came out against the amendment.

“I’m not for the bill. But, look, the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a woman, husband and wife, I’m not going there,” he told Jim Heath, a reporter for ONN-TV in Ohio, as reported in the Washington Post.

Sen. Blunt’s amendment is dangerous. It could pave the way for insurers to deny coverage for anything from mental health coverage to addiction treatment—as these services are opposed by some religious groups. 

If you haven't yet contacted your senator, there's still time before the vote! Contact your senator now.

UPDATE: Governor Romney's campaign released a statement clarifying Romney's position on the Blunt Amendment. In it, a campaign spokesperson said, "Governor Romney supports the Blunt Bill because he believes in a conscience exemption in health care for religious institutions and people of faith." The position of the Secular Coalition for America is that this amendment would allow employers to impose their religious beliefs on their employees and sets a dangerous precedent for defining "religious liberty." Please urge your Senators to vote NO on the Blunt Amendment by participating in our Action Alert. 

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