Today, Michigan's U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin voted alongside 48 other Democratic senators and one Republican senator, to table the Blunt Amendment. The Blunt Amendment would amend Obama's health care law to prevent the imposition of regulatory mandates which violate the religious or moral convictions of those who purchase or provide health insurance, such as the recent decree that virtually all employers, including religiously affiliated hospitals and schools, must purchase health insurance plans that cover all government-approved methods of birth control.
However, this debate is not limited to the specific parameters of the birth control mandate. The exact same statutory authority could be used by the Administration to mandate that all health plans pay for elective abortion on demand.