Senator Roy Blunt speaks on religious liberty at Heritage

Feb 14th, 2012 | By | Category: News Posts

Republicans on Monday continued to frame the matter as an issue of religious liberty, while women’s health advocates are launching a national ad campaign aimed at building support for the effort. In remarks at the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation Monday, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., argued that the president’s accommodation measures were no more than an “accounting gimmick” that didn’t address the real issue at stake in the debateā€¦ “I don’t know how you could see it as anything but more of the same,” Blunt said, of the change in language to the policy. Blunt argued that the debate is “not about cost” but rather about faith-based institutions’ right to moral objection. “This is not a financial consideration – if you’re opposed to something because it costs money, that’s different from being opposed to it because you have a moral objection to it or a faith-based objection to it,” he said. “This is about faith – it’s not about cost.” “What has to be protected here is the faith-based rights of conscience. That’s what this debate is about,” he added.

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