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MSNBC.COM - The Senate Thursday defeated a proposal that would have allowed employers and health plans regulated by the 2010 health care law to opt out of paying for medical services that are contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

The vote to defeat the proposal was 51 to 48, with one Republican, Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, voting with 50 Democrats against the amendment offered by Sen. Roy Blunt, R- Mo.

Three Democrats, Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted with most Republicans for the proposal. Casey and Manchin are up for re-election this November.

Thursday's vote is likely to be a litmus test that will be used by both Democrats and Republicans in Senate campaigns in the fall.

Among Republicans in competitive or potentially competitive Senate races, Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts voted for the Blunt amendment, as did Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana.

Seeking to capitalize on Thursday's vote, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Lance Trover assailed a Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, who voted for the 2010 health care bill, for "her unabashed support of ObamaCare, which not only forces every Wisconsinite to buy health insurance, but also mandates what services employers have to provide." click here to read more

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