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Sen. Udall Supports Bill to Counteract Hobby Lobby Ruling

PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico supports new legislation in the U.S. Senate to reverse the effects of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows companies to not include certain types of contraception in their employees' insurance coverage. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.
PHOTO: U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico supports new legislation in the U.S. Senate to reverse the effects of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows companies to not include certain types of contraception in their employees' insurance coverage. Photo courtesy Sen. Udall's office.
July 16, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. – U.S. Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is among those supporting proposed legislation that could be voted on as early as today that aims to counteract a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The so-called Hobby Lobby decision allows companies to not pay for insurance coverage for certain types of contraception for their employees.

Udall is one of the cosponsors of what's been dubbed the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act.

"It's a bill to restore guaranteed insurance coverage for common forms of birth control,” Udall explains. “It's critical to pass this bill now, to keep employers from blocking insurance coverage for women's health care services now, and in the future."

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that companies do not have to cover the cost of the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for their workers.

The retail chain Hobby Lobby had sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over the Affordable Care Act mandate that insurance coverage include birth control.

The retailer said the mandate violates the company owners' religious beliefs protected under federal law.

Udall adds the legislation would require employers to cover all health care, including contraception.

He stresses employees and their dependents are entitled to it, under federal law.

"Nearly every woman in America will use birth control at some point in her life,” he maintains. “It may be for family planning. It may be for other health reasons. That should be a choice that she makes with her doctor, but a woman's boss has no place in her decision."

Udall is among 44 senators who have cosponsored the bill, which is being fast-tracked this week through the Senate.




Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM