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It's been five weeks since the Supreme Court ruled in Hobby Lobby that bosses could deny their employees insurance coverage for birth control - and the blow back is picking up speed across the country.
Female voters have had enough of the attacks on our basic health care. A majority said they won't vote for candidates who side with Hobby Lobby, with a full 71 percent saying that politicians who are rolling back access to birth control have their priorities all wrong. Instead of taking away contraceptive coverage, lawmakers should work to pass legislation to improve access to women's health care.
Pro-choice legislators are leading the charge to fix the Hobby Lobby decision. They've introduced bills in New York, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia to keep bosses from taking away birth control coverage, and even more pro-choice bills are in the works.
But that's not all. Pro-choice members of Congress are also making it a top priority to fix the Hobby Lobby decision. They've introduced the "Not My Boss's Business" Act in both the U.S. Senate and House, and Majority Leader Reid fast-tracked it to try to undo the damage. We came just two votes short. Two votes! We'd have won in the Senate if it weren't for Mitch McConnell and his cronies who think that women should have to pay twice for their birth control.
Members of Congress are back to their states now for the congressional August recess, and we plan to hold politicians who sided with Hobby Lobby accountable for blocking the "Not My Boss's Business" Act, but we need your help!
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Have you heard that Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts-and-crafts stores, is still trying to refuse to provide insurance coverage for its employees' birth control?
Even after a federal judge ruled that Hobby Lobby must comply with the birth-control policy under Obamacare, the company wasted no time in appealing the decision.
It's certainly ridiculous to see a private company try to impose its bosses' beliefs on its employees. But now, 11 extreme anti-choice politicians have signed a brief arguing that Hobby Lobby should be able to do just that:
- Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.)
- Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
- Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
- Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
- Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
- Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
- Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)
- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.)
What makes these guys so bad? For starters, every one of these extreme anti-choice politicians has voted against women's reproductive freedom.
Every politician on this list has voted to defund Planned Parenthood and cut Title X family-planning programs.
And every senator on this list voted for legislation allowing bosses to deny their employees birth-control coverage.
Affordable birth control allows us to control our own lives and write our future. That's why every time we get closer to achieving contraceptive coverage for nearly all American women, anti-choice politicians up their legislative attacks.
Tell these anti-choice politicians to focus more on their Hobby Lobby projects like popsicle-stick birdhouses and scrapbooking. They should leave important reproductive-health care decisions to women and their families.
Good news: this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare!
The law will bring 30 million Americans into a health-care system that includes affordable family-planning services, better access to contraception, and maternity care.
It's a HUGE victory for American women!
A group of my NARAL Pro-Choice America colleagues was out on the Supreme Court steps this morning speaking out for Obamacare.
Unfortunately, anti-choice politicians in Congress are still trying to repeal the health-care law. In fact, less than an hour after the Supreme Court issued its ruling, anti-choice U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell went to the floor of the Senate to call for a repeal of the law.