Yesterdays vote on a conscience protection law proposed by Senator Tom Colburn that would protect health care workers who object to abortions from participating in the procedure.
Catholic Senators still voted against the protection of these “human rights” including: Begich (D-AK), Dodd (D-CT), Kaufman (D-CT), Durbin (D-IL), Harkin (D-IA), Landrieu (D- LA), Collins (R-ME), Mikulski (D-MD), Kerry (D-MA), McCaskill (D-MO), Menendez (D-NJ), Gillibrand (D-NY), Reed (D-RI), Leahy (D-VT), Cantwell (D-WA), Murray (D-WA).
The nine Catholic Senators that voted for the amendment were; Murkowski (R-AK), Martinez (R-FL), Risch (R-ID), Brownback (R-KS), Bunning (R-KY), Vitter (R-LA), Johanns(R-NE), Voinovich (R-OH), and Casey (D-PA).[reference]
This proposal was taken in advance of the Obama administration rolling back conscience protection that was put in place towards the end of the Bush administration. So if it comes to military service in the time of a draft a conscientious objector is to be protected, but somebody in the medical industry who does not want to be involved in killing which is never licit – well that is another story.
Well we can expect Obama supporting Catholics who often talk about following conscience to respond to this – oh yeah cue the crickets.