Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are gearing up for the first vote in what has become a fierce battle over President Barack Obama's mandate that healthcare providers must cover the cost of contraceptives, Fox News reported.
According to the news outlet, the Senate will vote on March 1 to decide whether or not they want to quash the so-called "conscience" amendment that was authored by Senator Roy Blount (R-Mo.), a proposal that is designed to counter Obama's mandate.
This move would allow insurers and employers to opt out of any provision in the President's healthcare law to which they object on moral or religious grounds. That would include the requirement to cover the cost of birth control.
The Associated Press reported that Blount has led the push and presented the amendment to the Senate.
"The word 'contraception' is not in (the legislation) because it's not about a specific procedure," Blount said. "It's about a faith principle that the First Amendment guarantees."