Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGeorge Will: GOP must stop Trump even if he wins nomination Former Calif. governor to endorse Cruz Cruz super-PAC punches at Trump over Mike Tyson endorsement MORE (R-Texas) called on President Obama to “drop his faith fines” by ending the ObamaCare birth control mandate.
“What has become of the Democratic Party?" Cruz said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “When did they become so extreme that they would go after nuns?”
Democrats moved the legislation as a response to last month’s Supreme Court ruling rejecting the healthcare law’s mandate that employers include coverage for birth control in their employee health plans.
Sens. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayOvernight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika Overnight Healthcare: More trouble for Zika funding MORE (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall’s (D-Colo.) bill keeps the ObamaCare exemption for churches and religious nonprofits. But Cruz insisted that the legislation would require nuns to pay for health insurance that covers contraceptives or force them to pay a fine.
“The bill being offered on the floor would shut these nuns down … fine them millions of dollars unless these Catholic nuns are willing to pay for abortion inducing drugs for others,” Cruz said. “Senate Democrats should not wage war on the Catholic Church.”
Murray, a lead author of the bill, is a devout Catholic. Doctors also contradict that most forms of contraceptives induce abortions. Instead, they prevent pregnancy from occurring.