Senate amendment would allow denying birth control, other health coverage on moral grounds

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File: Prescription contraceptives for women sit on the counter of a drug store on August 1, 2011 in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Senate votes Thursday on an amendment to the transportation bill that has nothing to do with roads and bridges. The amendment was proposed by Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri.

It allows employers or insurance companies to refuse to cover any health procedure they find morally or religiously objectionable — like birth control.

Democrat Barbara Boxer of California is denouncing the amendment.

"When we have a bipartisan bill on the floor, where every committee has worked in a bipartisan way, four committees to get it before us, it means the economic revitalization of this country. It is the biggest jobs bill we will do in the remaining time of this Congress. Don’t muck it up with extraneous amendments," Boxer said.

California’s senior Senator Dianne Feinstein joined Boxer in denouncing the measure. She says the right wing of the Republican Party doesn’t speak for most women.

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