Forum hears rallying cry against birth-control rule

Rubio calls mandate unconstitutional

  • Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks Feb. 9, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in D.C. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, speaks Feb. 9, 2012, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in D.C. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Audience members listen as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Audience members listen as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • William Temple waves a three cornered hat for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) while he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)William Temple waves a three cornered hat for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) while he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Carol Crosby of Ukiah, CA listens as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Carol Crosby of Ukiah, CA listens as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • A security guard stands back stage as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)A security guard stands back stage as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gives thumbs up after  speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gives thumbs up after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Audience members applaud as Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Audience members applaud as Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, left, and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), second from right, are interviewed while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Former Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann, left, and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), second from right, are interviewed while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • An audience member listens to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)  speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)An audience member listens to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) departs after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) departs after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Former Presidential Candidate Rick Perry takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Former Presidential Candidate Rick Perry takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Former Presidential Candidate Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Former Presidential Candidate Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Former Presidential Candidate Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Former Presidential Candidate Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Actor Kirk Cameron takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Actor Kirk Cameron takes the stage to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Actor Kirk Cameron speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Actor Kirk Cameron speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Members of the audience watch as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli accepts the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Members of the audience watch as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli accepts the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli speaks while accepting the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli speaks while accepting the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, left, speaks while accepting the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene, right, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, left, speaks while accepting the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene, right, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, left, accepts the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene, center, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, left, accepts the "Defender of the Constitution Award" from National Rifle Association President David Keene, center, at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC, Thursday, February 9, 2012. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)
  • Former Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain share a laugh after running into each other backstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 9, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park in D.C. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Former Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain share a laugh after running into each other backstage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Feb. 9, 2012, at the Marriott Wardman Park in D.C. The annual political conference draws thousands of supporters and prominent conservative figures. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
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On Thursday, Senate Republicans tried to push the issue to the chamber floor, attempting to offer an amendment to the pending transportation bill that would have overturned the new rule. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, blocked the move.

But the issue is likely to come up again, and even some Senate Democrats — particularly those up for election this year — say the policy should be revoked.

In the GOP-controlled House, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said he and fellow Republicans are already working on legislation to undo the ruling.

“We’re going to handle this openly and deliberately so that every lawmaker can have their say and the voice of the people can be heard,” said Mr. Boehner at the CPAC gathering. “One thing’s for certain. This attack on religious freedom cannot and will not stand.”

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