Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that would have let insurers opt out of providing contraceptive coverage if employers had religious or moral objections.
The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, shorthanded as "the conscience amendment," and authored by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was "tabled," or set aside, on a 51-48 vote.
Meanwhile, Romney mistakenly called this amendment something that would "ban contraception."
However, Democrats have cast the bill as an attempt by Republican leaders, under pressure from religious authorities, to limit women's access to birth control.
They claim the bill is "a wolf in sheep's clothing," and may allow employers to exclude coverage for any conditions they find religiously or morally objectionable.
They also say this could become a slippery slope, resulting in the exclusion of coverage for HIV & AIDS, mental health, hemophilia, STDs and more.
And Romney is playing to their songbook.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT CONTRACEPTION.
CONTRACEPTION WILL NOT BE "OUTLAWED."
THIS IS ABOUT THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION SEEKING TO MAKE ITS FEDERAL MANDATES THE NEW "RELIGION" OF AMERICA BY COUCHING THIS IN "MORAL" TERMS.
We cannot defeat Barack Obama with Mitt Romney.