While Senate Republicans are blocking progress on the critical highway bill to continue their war on women in the form of the Blunt Amendment, Senator Baucus stood firm for health care coverage that impacts 62,000 Montana women. Speaking against the Amendment, Baucus said:
“The current policy preserves the integrity of a woman’s right to access health care services while also protecting the legitimate religious liberties that so many Americans – myself included – value. However, the Blunt Amendment would allow any company to deny health care options to deny access to any service for any moral objection. In Montana we’re very proud to have sent the first woman to Congress in 1916 – Jeanette Rankin. We have a strong tradition of respecting women and supporting women’s health. When we support women’s health, we are supporting healthy communities that can be strong for our kids and grandkids.”
Another version of his direct remarks to the Senate is available on YouTube:
Republicans have simply gone too far. In their efforts to demonize Planned Parenthood, family planning, and personal autonomy for women, they’ve turned their sights on basic access to care—under the guise of religious freedom, a freedom which seems only to extend to their right to impose their religious views on others.