and the war on women continues …

Senate Republicans Block Bill To Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision

war_on_womenSenate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill that would have required all for-profit employers to include the full range of contraceptives in their health insurance plans, in effect overriding the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
The Senate voted 56 to 43 to proceed to debate on the bill, falling short of the 60 votes needed to move forward. Three Republicans– Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) — voted with Senate Democrats to proceed.
The bill, sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), would have barred for-profit companies from opting out of federal law based on the religious beliefs of their owners. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Hobby Lobby, a craft supply chain owned by Evangelical Christians, could legally refuse to cover the four kinds of contraception that its owners believe are akin to abortion.
Supporters of the Democrats’ bill used the Twitter hashtag #NotMyBossBusiness to express their opposition to the idea of employers getting to pick and choose what kinds of health coverage their female employees receive based on their own religious beliefs.
“While some are saying this case has nothing to do with access to birth control, that is simply not true,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said during debate over the bill on Wednesday. “For most working families, affordability is access. A third of women in America say they have struggled with the cost of birth control at some point in their lives. For a working family getting by month to month, often paycheck to paycheck, these costs — though they might be dismissed by Washington pundits — these costs add up, and they can put contraception out of reach.”
Republicans opposed the bill because they said it infringes upon the religious liberty of employers.
The SCOTUS/Hobby Lobby decision does NOT only affect contraception, and maybe, just maybe the big picture here is way more important …
NO-ONE was forcing anyone to use any form of contraception they do not believe in, and yet, the latest SCOTUS decision forces the beliefs of a minority on the majority …
That is NOT religious freedom … that, by definition, is theocratic bullying at the least and theocratic totalitarianism at worst …
And as for the ‘religiously minded’ employer ‘having’ to pay for contraception, anyone who cares to actually look at the ACA would see that there already was ways to avoid making that ‘payment’ …
The SCOUTUS decision was ALL about opening the doors for corporations to ignore laws they do not wish to abide by, and the truth be told, the so-called ‘religious’ and ‘evangelical’ communities have been used again for the benefit of the corporate elite …

also worth a read:
like sharia law, but american, so it’s okay …
well, that didn’t take long eh?
zealots 1, women 0 … scotus sets the ‘zealot precedent’ … game on!

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