Federal lawmakers today formally responded to the Supreme
Court’s recent decision in Burwell v.
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. with a
bill designed to guarantee working
women’s access to birth control.
On June 30, the Supreme Court ruled
5-4 that closely held corporations have a right, under the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (RFRA), to refuse to provide birth control coverage in employee
health care plans, which had been mandated under the Affordable Care Act.
Trying to repair the damage done by the Court, U.S. Senators
Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) today introduced the “Protect
Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014.” The bill states
that employers cannot refuse to cover any health coverage – including
contraceptive coverage – promised to employees and their dependents under
federal law. It includes the exemption for houses of worship and the
accommodation for religious non-profits already put into place by the Obama
We at the Center for
Inquiry believe that the Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby requires lawmakers to address the root cause of the
problem: that RFRA may now be interpreted to grant for-profit corporations
broad religiously based exemptions, such as from anti-discrimination laws. But
we also believe that this bill is a necessary short-term fix which will ensure millions of women do not lose
access to birth control simply because of their bosses’ religious beliefs.
Women must have the ability to make their own reproductive
choices without interference from religious members of society who believe
their beliefs trump other individuals' personal freedoms.
We urge you to
write or call your U.S. Senators immediately and tell them to support the Protect
Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014.
Protect Women's Access to Birth Control!
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a friend of the Center for Inquiry, I am writing to urge you to support the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014, a bill designed to guarantee working women's access to birth control.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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