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March 14, 2012

The Premeditated Murder of New-Born Babies Justified as Morally Equivalent to Abortion

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   The SPEAKER pro tempore (Ms. Foxx). Under the Speaker's announced policy of January 5, 2011, the gentleman from New Jersey (Mr. Smith) is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader.
   Mr. SMITH of New Jersey. Thank you very much, Madam Speaker.
   Late last month, two bioethicists--Dr. Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva--published an outrageous paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of new-born babies during the first days and even weeks after birth.

March 4, 2012

Blunt Amendment


Amends: S.1813 , S.AMDT.1730 
Sponsor: Sen Blunt, Roy [MO] (submitted 2/9/2012) (proposed 2/28/2012)

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services.

March 2, 2012

News for Mrs. Boxer: We have never needed this kind of conscience clause before.

Mrs. BOXER. Mr. President, I have news for the supporters of the Blunt amendment: We were not born yesterday. And no matter how many times they say this is nothing more than a restatement of old laws, the facts are not with them. We have never had a conscience clause for insurance companies. 

We have never needed a conscience clause for employers before.  Never before has the law required every policy to cover something morally objectionable.  It is a "restatement of old laws" in that it allows the state of the old, pre-Affordable Care Act, state of the law to continue in the new Affordable Care Act era.

Religious Freedom

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   Mr. McCONNELL. Mr. President, I have spent a lot of time in my Senate career defending the first amendment. Most of that time, I focused on the part that deals with free speech. But recent actions by the Obama administration related to the President's health care law have prompted many of us here and many across the country to stand in defense of another freedom that is covered in the first amendment; that is, religious freedom.


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