I am glad the Senate defeated this proposal. Health-care legislation should be based on the needs of the American people, not the doctrines of powerful religious interest groups.

Women should be free to make decisions about reproductive health based on their own consciences, not the political decrees of church hierarchies. Religious dogma must never be imposed through force of law.

–the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, commenting on the defeat of the Nelson-Hatch amendment to the health care bill which would have prohibited the use of federal funds for abortion, explaining why only politically liberal secular dogma, and the doctrines of politically liberal secular groups such as his, should be imposed through force of law.