Skip to comments.Democrats File Bill to “Overturn” Supreme Court Decision Protecting Hobby Lobby
Posted on 07/09/2014 5:32:55 PM PDT by Morgana
As promised, Senate Democrats filed legislation today to overturn the Supreme Courts decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
The Supreme Court ruled that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesnt have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare. The high court issued a favorable ruling in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a landmark case addressing the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of business owners to operate their family companies without violating their deeply held religious convictions.
hobbylobby6The court ruled that the contraception mandate violated the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, a 1993 law and it held that the mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion and that HHS didnt use the least restrictive means to promote this government interest, tests required by RFRA.
HHSs contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion, the decision reads, adding that the decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate and should not be understood to mean that all insurance mandates. The opinion said the plain terms of Religious Freedom Restoration Act are perfectly clear.
Now, Senate Democrats want to change the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act in a way that would force companies to pay for birth control, contraception and those abortion-causing drugs.
Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), both abortion advocates, are behind the new legislation and they said, The Protect Womens Health from Corporate Interference Act would ban employers from refusing to provide health coverage including contraceptive coverage guaranteed to their employees and dependents under federal law.
After five justices decided last week that an employers personal views can interfere with womens access to essential health services, we in Congress need to act quickly to right this wrong, Murray said. This bicameral legislation will ensure that no CEO or corporation can come between people and their guaranteed access to health care, period. I hope Republicans will join us to revoke this court-issued license to discriminate and return the right of Americans to make their own decisions, about their own health care and their own bodies.
Not one Senate Republican has signed on to the legislation, which pro-life groups will undoubtedly strenuously oppose. House Republicans will not take up the bill, making it so the legislation will not reach President Barack Obama, an abortion advocate who would sign it into law.
In their ruling, the Supreme Court indicated Congress could change the law to require businesses t pay for the birth control and abortion drugs.
There are other ways in which Congress or HHS could equally ensure that every woman has cost-free access to the particular contraceptives at issue here and, indeed, to all FDA-approved contraceptives, the opinion concluded.
The plain terms of RFRA make it perfectly clear that Congress did not discriminate in this way against men and women who wish to run their businesses as for-profit corporations in the manner required by their religious beliefs, read the opinion.
Chief Justice John Roberts, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy joined in the majority decision. Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote a concurring opinion saying that government itself could provide the coverage for contraception and the abortion-causing drugs if a company declines to do so.
But, Americans oppose the HHS mandate and its pro-abortion requirements.
A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans agree with the Supreme Courts decision this week that the Christian-run Hobby Lobby doesnt have to obey the HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare that requires businesses to pay for abortion causing drugs in their employee health care plans.
Half of voters agree with the U.S. Supreme Court that a business owner should be able to opt out of Obamacares contraceptive mandate if it violates his or her religious beliefs, the poling firm reports about its new national survey.
A December 2013 Rasmussen Reports poll shows Americans disagree with forcing companies like Hobby Lobby to obey the mandate.
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Half of voters now oppose a government requirement that employers provide health insurance with free contraceptives for their female employees, Rasmussen reports.
The poll found: The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters still believe businesses should be required by law to provide health insurance that covers all government-approved contraceptives for women without co-payments or other charges to the patient.
Fifty-one percent (51%) disagree and say employers should not be required to provide health insurance with this type of coverage. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.
Another recent poll found 59 percent of Americans disagree with the mandate.
If you have no better option then doubling down on stupid is your only option and these clowns have had a lot of experience doing that.
DOA in the House.
democrats trying to fire up their mentally deficient base with “war on woman” nonsense.
It’s just a political ploy for the inevitable shrieking in October that the House Republicans hate women. At this point only the True Believers are even listening to that stuff anymore.
The Commie boobs ignore the First Rule of Holes.
point this out to others everytime this is a discussion:
hobby lobby provides 80% of contraceptives democrats want to force on everyone,
and it’s still not enough, to the point the democrats are going batshit crazy and screaming this is the end of the world for women.
they can’t tolerate getting 80% of what they want. they are literally going crazy and acting like they get zero b/c they don’t get 100% forced compliance.
Can’t be done.....Idiots!!
if someone then says so what, ask them to explain how this is at all reasonable, or not a winning compromise for their side?
The ‘RAT baby killers appear to be upset about something. LOL! What a bunch of Nazi losers.
So Democrats have written a bill that would force Christians to pay for other people’s ABORTIONS!
Make sure you let everyone know!!
Democrats actions, translated:
“You WILL do as WE say! WE are your overlords! You have NO freedoms unless WE say you do! We love chaos...we love disorder...we love death...and we HATE HATE HATE those cursed Christians!”
A mass cleansing is needed of Congress AND the White House.
Reminder: Hobby Lobby Provides Coverage for 16 Types of Contraception
For as long as females are allowed to vote in America, "nonsense" is a winning strategy!
UNITED STATES OF VAGINA!
How many times have the Democrats accused Republicans of filing bills that are simply “political posturing” because they “have no chance of becoming law?”
Title of article should be:
DEMOCRATS SUBMIT BILL TO FORCE COMPANY TO PAY FOR BABY KILLING PILLS
This bill is theater for the democrat base. Designed to energize their voters in the upcoming presidential elections. That’s all this is.
and abortions too
Therein lies the problem. This is NOT about "health services". This is NOT about health in any way. It's simply about people demanding that others provide for their sexual proclivities.
I don't care what anyone does behind closed doors, but I don't believe I should pay for their fun. Sheesh, buy a condom at Walmart or at 7/11. If not, than buy birth control pills for about $10 a month anywhere. This is such a non-problem that the Dims have created. And yet the GOPe just sit there so as not to offend the feminists.
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