Here is an excerpt from the response I received from Kay Hagan after I encouraged her to protect Conscience rights... interspersed with my comments.
I believe one of the best ways to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies is through increased planning and prevention.
According to Helen Alvaré's talk last night on the Students for Life videocast, instance of abortion rises with instance of contraception use.
Moreover, I believe we need to empower women by providing them with the health care and education they need to make positive life choices.
Abortion isn't empowering for women. Ask a woman who has had an abortion, but many women are not very public about such a sorrowful and shameful experience. So, read testimonies from some brave women at the Silent No More Awareness website.
I also have reservations about this bill because it could have far reaching impacts beyond reproductive health.
Of course! That's the point here. It is about Religious Freedom, not just about contraception. But the whistle needed to be blown on Catholic's disregard for the he Church's teachings on sexuality.
For example, an employer could choose under this bill not to cover childhood vaccines.
I wouldn't oppose that, personally, especially as the long-term side effects of some vaccines are in question and some vaccines are made from aborted baby cell lines.
With these concerns in mind, on March 1, 2012, I joined my colleagues in the Senate in defeating the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act by a vote of 51 to 48.
That's too bad! Too bad our representatives aren't actually representing our conservative values or our Constitution! Time to vote them out!!