Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week 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?”

Cruz’s comments came ahead of a Senate vote on Democratic legislation that would require for-profit companies to offer birth control coverage in staff health plans.

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 MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn Murray30 million people will experience eating disorders — the CDC needs to help Mulvaney remarks on Trump budget plan spark confusion Overnight Finance: Mulvaney sparks confusion with budget remarks | Trump spars with lawmakers on tariffs | Treasury looks to kill 300 tax regs | Intel chief's warning on debt 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.