U.S. Democrat bill to overturn Hobby Lobby decision rejected in Senate

The overturning of the proposed bill further enrages proponents of gender-equal health care, and is a boon for conservatives supporting religious liberties

The issue of women’s health care in the United States is one of the most fraught topics of this day and age. Landmark Supreme Court cases have dealt one way or another, and the Affordable Care Act has opened more doors for women’s access to health provisions, including contraception, that were previously inaccessible to those without employer-based health care programs, except at high cost. But the recent Supreme Court decision in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby,which ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects closely held corporations from having to cover birth control in their health insurance plans if they morally object to it, has set off a firestorm of protest.

In the wake of the public U.S. national outcry against that Supreme Court decision, the House and Senate Democrats introduced the Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act, which would prevent for-profit companies from opting out of covering the full range of contraception for their employees. 

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to InsideCounsel.com, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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