In a move that substantially undercuts her "social moderate" credentials, Sen. Collins voted earlier today to sustain an amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would give employers the option of refusing to cover any health benefit that violates their professed religious beliefs.
I wrote about the amendment two weeks ago.
Asked for comment, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's Megan Hannan wrote, via e-mail:
[Collins'] speech said her issue was needing more time, so voting to table it (which was the actual vote) would have given her the time she said she needed...
She should have voted "aye" to table it, she had the "out" to do so, and still she voted for it.
As much as they tried to say it was not, this is very clearly another assault against women and women’s health, and Senator Collins came down on the wrong side.