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Bill to override Hobby Lobby decision
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is one of three Senate Democrats submitting a bill Wednesday to override the Supreme Courts decision in the Hobby Lobby case.
The Supreme Court ruled last week that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects corporations like Hobby Lobby from having to cover birth control in their health insurance plans if they morally object to it.
The bill would ban for-profit companies from refusing to cover federally guaranteed health benefits for religious reasons, including all 20 forms of contraception detailed in the Affordable Care Act.
Churches and non-profit religious organizations, such as certain hospitals and schools, would be exempt.
Hobby Lobby's owners object to covering four out of the 20 forms of contraception listed in the Affordable Care Act because they believe those methods are similar to abortion.
The senators worked with the Obama administration, other Democratic lawmakers and reproductive rights advocates to draft the legislation.
If the bill passes the Senate it would have to be voted on in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.