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Sen. Rubio introduces bill to reverse Obama birth control mandate
Life Site News ^ | February 3, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT

Posted on 02/03/2012 2:13:46 PM PST by NYer

WASHINGTON, February 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a bill on Monday to rebut the threat to religious organizations presented by the Obama administration mandate that virtually all health insurers must provide sterilizations and abortifacient birth control free of charge.

Rubio’s bill, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, aims to expand the exemption from the mandate to cover all religious organizations, such as universities, hospitals, and charities, rather than merely houses of worship, as is the case under the current extremely narrow exemption.

The bill denounces the current exemption as “unprecedented in Federal law” and declares that “no guideline or regulation” under the federal health care law “shall require any individual or entity to offer, provide, or purchase coverage for a contraception or sterilization service, or related education or counseling, to which that individual or entity is opposed on the basis of religious belief.”

“This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so,” said Rubio, as quoted in a Liberty Counsel press release this week.

In response to outrage over the mandate, Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services gave religious groups an extra year to comply with the mandate.

News that the administration wouldn’t budge on the mandate was met with widespread opposition in U.S. Catholic dioceses this weekend, with 142 bishops heading dioceses denouncing the rule. Leaders of other Christian denominations and religions have also expressed opposition to the mandate.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: obamacare; rubio

1 posted on 02/03/2012 2:13:49 PM PST by NYer
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; SumProVita; ...
“This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can’t force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so,” said Rubio

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2 posted on 02/03/2012 2:14:52 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Good start ... we need a Representative to introduce identical legislation in the House. It’s would pass more quickly there, and apply pressure to the demonicRat controlled Senate.


3 posted on 02/03/2012 2:16:43 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NYer
Is this the same Rubio who defended Willard "free abortions for all" Romney as a conservative? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/the-top-three-conservative-arguments-about-romneys-record-that-no-one-has-made/
... “On every piece of legislation, I came down on the side of life,” Romney said at the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit in 2007. That’s a matter of interpretation.

For instance, Romney’s Massachusetts health care reform law created an 11-member “Health Care Connector Board” that would ensure affordable pricing for various health insurance plans. Romney appointed actuary Bruce Butler, CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts Rick Lord, and economist Jonathan Gruber. Four administration officials from Romney’s cabinet were also appointed to the board, per the law: his Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance; the Medicaid Director in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the Commissioner of Insurance; and the Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission.

The law also allowed the governor to appoint the executive director of the Connector Authority, and Romney picked senior vice president for policy development at Tufts Associated Health Plan Jon Kingsdale.

Kingsdale wrote a memo to the Connector Authority recommending that for abortions, insurance companies require co-pays between $0 and $100, depending on income level. In September 2006, that was approved by the Connector Authority. Every health care plan offered to low-income Massachusetts residents covers abortion.

Want to see for yourself? Go to this archived page from the 2006 Connector Authority, and download the “Commonwealth Care Frequently Asked Questions” at the bottom left side of the page.

At the 2009 Value Voters Summit, Mike Huckabee said, “The only thing inexpensive about Massachusetts’ health care bill is that there you can get a $50 abortion.” ...
Rubio compromised himself on this issue. He now has as much credibility as Romney on abortion, which is what happens to you when you join with Romney on any issue.
4 posted on 02/03/2012 2:21:36 PM PST by Timaeus (Willard Mitt Romney Delenda Est)
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5 posted on 02/03/2012 2:40:55 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ArrogantBustard
"...and apply pressure to the demonicRat controlled Senate."



"You are funny Arrogant Bustard. My minions love when I table legislation that promotes liberty."



"Abortions and artificial birth control before Divine Law and your conscious' too, pay-up Catholic employers."
6 posted on 02/03/2012 2:52:08 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: rollo tomasi
Harry Reid certainly is a demonic rat ... this tactic is called "forcing their hand", or "putting them on record".

Don't discount its value.

7 posted on 02/03/2012 2:55:56 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
By all means I am for putting pressure on the Senate, unfortunately Boehner wants to play patty-cake too much with Reid.

A Bill will probably pass in the HOR, Boehner will extol the virtues and hard work, Reid will table the Bill and you will hear nary a word from the "esteem" Speaker of the House again about the subject.

8 posted on 02/03/2012 3:06:48 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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He is GREAT. Thank you, Marco!!


9 posted on 02/03/2012 3:11:26 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: NYer
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10 posted on 02/03/2012 4:29:06 PM PST by mojitojoe (SCOTUS.... think about that when you decide to sit home and pout because your candidate didn't win)
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To: mojitojoe

Hussein sure has evil, cold eyes. Soulless bastard.


11 posted on 02/03/2012 4:59:37 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: NYer

Great. Make them take a stand. What will Pelosi do I wonder..


12 posted on 02/03/2012 5:09:01 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: NYer

The pig obuma and his Nazi bureaucrats don’t have the Constitutional power or right to issue dictates and edicts with the force of law. Impeach this bastard, you gutless worms in the House - now.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 5:12:54 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Timaeus

Rubio made a stupid statement defending Romney on illegal immigration. Unfortunately, it came at a bad time and was immediately interpreted by the press as “Rubio endorses Romney.”

I think it’s unfortunate that Rubio didn’t say anything one way or the other, although I believe he did make a general statement that he wasn’t endorsing anybody.

I think this was a novice mistake and he probably didn’t know how to get out of it, because his positions overall have been solidly conservative and I don’t think he’s a Santorum type (big-government and conservative only on abortion).

However, I’d be much less likely to vote for him in the future until he clarifies this, and if he’s for Romney, I wouldn’t vote for him at all, ever. That said, it’s wrong to imply that he’s an overall defender or supporter of Romney, and I don’t think you should do that.


14 posted on 02/03/2012 5:50:49 PM PST by livius
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To: NYer

Sen. Rubio introduces bill to reverse Obama birth.

Back to the Future.:)


15 posted on 02/03/2012 5:52:57 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: NYer

Yet another ‘nibble around the edges’. How about get the governments’ tentacles the HELL outta the whole medicine side of our lives (as well as others)!?

Yet again, no strong definition between the two parties, just continue to play patty-cake ‘across the aisle’ as usual *spit*.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 5:54:44 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: NYer

The problem is that Romney will tell Rubio to pull the bill.


17 posted on 02/03/2012 9:43:37 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: NYer
Sen. Rubio introduces bill to reverse Obama birth control mandate
Churches balk at birth control rule - Catholics won’t comply, Bishop Kevin Rhoades says
Protestants and Jews declare to White House: We stand with Catholics
Checking the Air Outside [Bp. Zubik's follow up to Obama's “To Hell with You”]
Mohler [Southern Baptist] Says Insurance Mandate Not Just 'Catholic' Issue
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama Concerning Recent Tyranny (With Pictures!)
Lincoln bishop: prepare for 'suffering' under HHS mandate
Bishop David Zubik confronts Obama
Obama’s ‘war on the church’

Pope hits out at 'radical secularism'
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate
Bruskewitz: Fight Insurance Ruling [Sebelius a "bitter, fallen away Catholic"]
Letter from Archbishop John G. Vlazny on the matter of freedom of conscience and decisions by HHS
Bishop Olmsted's Letter to Catholics [Catholic Caucus]
Liberty for the Amish & Quakers but not Catholics. . .
Contraception mandate prompts Peoria bishop to instate St. Michael Prayer (Catholic Caucus)
Phoenix bishop (Olmstead): defy feds on birth control
A letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr concerning HHS edict

Speak honestly: abortion is ‘the killing of tiny human beings in the womb’ – Denver bishop
Bishop [Daniel Jenky] Blasts Secularist Intolerance, Calls For ‘Assertive Action’ to Defend Church
(Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik comments:) HHS delays rule on contraceptive coverage
Dolan: Natural law, not religious preference, dictates all life sacred
Religious leaders blast HHS over contraception mandate
Mandated Contraception, Sterilization: Caesar Demands Church Violate Conscience
OBAMA’S CONTEMPT FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (mandates coverage of sterilization & contraception)
Implications of Obama Admin move to force Cath hospitals to provide contraception and sterilizations
Catholic doctors’ group launches petition against contraception mandate
Contraception mandate tramples religious freedom, US bishops say

18 posted on 02/03/2012 9:49:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

GREAT.

Rubio 2012.


19 posted on 02/03/2012 10:36:03 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: ScottinVA
obozo’s eyes truly express his feelings (that and the middle finger of his hand that he also likes to use.) Evil, cold, dead inside. His road to evil started early...no morals, love for no one but himself, worshiping dictators like Chavez, Mao, and hell bent on evening the score for all the “wrongs” done to him.

Pure vermin....and he must be removed like the cancer he is.

20 posted on 02/03/2012 11:27:49 PM PST by itssme
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To: ArrogantBustard

Tinkering around the edges. RINO stuff.


21 posted on 02/04/2012 5:48:56 AM PST by vortec94
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To: NYer

Wish the president/legislature knew this has already been covered under the First Amendment. I’m pretty sure refusing to take life through abortion is covered by the ‘Thou shall not kill’ commandment, which falls under the free exercise of religion guaranteed to every American.


22 posted on 02/04/2012 5:49:23 AM PST by HGSW0904
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To: NYer

The bill should be titled the That Conscience Thing Act of 2012.


23 posted on 02/04/2012 6:40:23 AM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: NYer

This is the Latino Blond all of the Big Four Blancos want to take to the Casa Blanca.


24 posted on 02/04/2012 2:14:14 PM PST by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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To: Timaeus

Rubio has NOT endorsed Romney. He hasn’t endorsed anyone.


25 posted on 02/04/2012 3:26:59 PM PST by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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