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US Healthcare Newsletter  |  July 24th 2014

The Senate couldn’t generate enough support to overturn the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby last month that said some employers with religious objections cannot be federally mandated to provide birth control to workers.


The bill, introduced by Senate Democrats, would have disallowed the use of a religious freedom law to deny women contraceptive coverage. The Hobby Lobby decision was a blow to the Affordable Care Act, and President Barack Obama’s efforts to require employers to cover their staffers’ birth-control costs.


Republicans defended the Hobby Lobby decision. According to the Associated Press, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) said the issue was not about “whether women can purchase birth control” but who pays for it. She cited “moral objections” held by those who “believe that life begins at conception.”

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