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 of conscience. This would include late-term abortion coverage, if the federal government decided to add it to its list of “preventative services.”
The U.S. Senate may vote on this anti-conscience rights bill as soon as TODAY. Please urge senators Klobuchar and Franken to reconsider their sponsorship of S. 2578 and to vote AGAINST this bill.
If you have one minute, click on the following link to send a message to senators Klobuchar and Franken right now:https://www.votervoice.net/NCHLA/Campaigns/36673/Respond
Even better, call their D.C. office to voice your concern directly! Share this message with them:
“Please do NOT support the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act (S. 2578). This misnamed measure revokes conscience rights guaranteed not only by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but other federal laws too. Congress has never passed legislation with the specific purpose of reducing Americans’ religious freedom. It should not consider doing so now.”
Senator Klobuchar’s D.C. office number:
202-224-3244 or 1-888-224-9043
Senator Franken’s D.C. office number:
MNCC Letter to Klobuchar and Franken