Sen. Murkowski Regrets Vote On Contraception

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has some misgivings about her recent vote for the Blunt amendment, a measure that would have allowed any employer to opt out of providing birth control or other health insurance coverage required by President Obama’s health care law for moral reasons, reports the News Tribune.

“I have never had a vote I’ve taken where I have felt that I let down more people,” she said.

She’d meant to make a statement about religious freedom, she said, but voters read it as a vote against contraception coverage for women. The measure was so broad, it’s hard not to read it that way. I suspect Murkowski saw that, but for reasons she didn’t share with me, voted for it anyway.

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