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Senate Republicans Move To Deny Bill That Would Rescind Hobby Lobby Ruling

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Updated 07/19/2014 3:23pm
Senate Republicans Move To Deny Bill That Would Rescind Hobby Lobby Ruling
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Roxanne Powell

Senior Content Editor

@roxipowell

Let me get this straight: Hobby Lobby, a crafts store, refuses to cover contraception, and now Senate Republicans are blocking a bill that would reverse that decision, thus allowing contraceptions to be covered? The bill that would restore free contraceptive measures to women? I know, I can't believe it either. In a meeting on Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked this bill, denying women the right to have their contraceptives to be covered by their respective health insurance plans. This has basically overridden the Supreme Court's recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision. The vote came out at 56 to 43 against proceeding. If the vote to move forward had gotten just 4 more heads, we would have been in the clear. As it is, for-profit companies are still allowed to deny contraceptive coverage in their health care plans based on the company owner's religious beliefs. This goes hand in hand with the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby's Evangelical Christian owners the right to deny their employees the four contraceptive measures "akin to abortion" in their health care coverage. Those who support the Democrats' bill have taken to Twitter to show their discontent. Using the hashtag #NotMyBossBusiness, they are utilizing their personal right to oppose the "pick and choose" method currently being utilized by employers. "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 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." But the Republicans view the issue in a different light, saying the bill denies employers their right to religious freedom. "The issue in Hobby Lobby is not whether women can purchase birth control, it's who pays for what," Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) told colleagues. "Those of us who believe that life begins at conception have moral objections to devices or procedures that destroy fertilized embryos. I think most Americans agree that that's reasonable." Define "most Americans." Some members of the House Pro-Choice Causus have even gone on record saying they used this "procedural move" to force their GOP counterparts to come out against the bill. But this isn't something that can be put to a vote behind closed doors. It's an individual choice that cannot be denied by a business owner's religious freedoms. “The women of America should know where their representative stands," the HPCC said in a statement. "Does their member of Congress stand with bosses who seek to get between a woman and her health care needs? Or do they stand with the women of America and believe that, when it comes to their own health care, a woman should be her own boss?” What do you think, America? Sound off in the comments below! Keep Up With PopWrapped On The Web!

       
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