Secular Coalition Applauds Senate on Voting Down Blunt Amendment

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the U.S. Senate voted down the Blunt amendment—a bill 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.”

Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America said the Senate was right to vote down the amendment.

“Religious liberties are there to protect citizens’ rights to freedom of conscience, for people to determine their own moral beliefs and actions,” Silverman said. “That right is put in jeopardy when employers are able to force their religious and moral beliefs on their employees.”

The Blunt amendment was particularly egregious because it would have allowed any employer—not just religiously-affiliated organizations—to deny health care coverage to employees for any procedure it had a moral objection to. This could have included anything from blood transfusions, to mental health coverage,  to childhood immunizations and newborn screening for life-threatening genetic disorders

While Sen. Blunt and proponents of the bill said the bill would have protected religious freedom, real religious liberty allows Americans to self-determine their own moral and health decisions—even if those decisions may differ from those of a particular church, religious group or employer.

CONTACT: Lauren Anderson Youngblood, SCA communications manager …….. 202-299-1091 ext. 205 or [email protected]



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