On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that the Administration’s contraceptive mandate as applied to closely held for-profit corporations violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) passed by Congress in 1993.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has now introduced the “Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act (S. 2578)”that would reverse the Hobby Lobby decision and go even farther by jeopardizing the conscience rights of all employers to opt out of covering healthcare services that they deem morally objectionable.
Both Minnesota Senators, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken, have signed on to this bill, which could more aptly be described as a “religious freedom deprivation act.”
The bill they have co-authored negates any current and future right that employers, insurers, or employees may have, under RFRA or any other federal law, to opt out of federally mandated coverage for specific reasons…
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