Maloney Joins Legislation to Restore Women's Access to Birth Control in Response to Hobby Lobby Decision

Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.

Following the disastrous Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) joined today as a co-sponsor of legislation to protect women's access to birth control. Introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives the Protect Women's Health form Corporate Interference Act of 2014, would ban employers form refusing to provide any health coverage, including contraceptive coverage, guaranteed to their employees and dependents under federal law, and clearly states that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow bosses to refuse to comply

"We're not in the 1950s - birth control is basic health care that millions of women depend on every day, and using birth control should be a personal decision - not a choice dictated by a woman's boss or any Washington politician. We need to make it easier for women to have access to affordable contraception, not harder, and we have more work to do in our fight against radical attempts to limit women's healthcare decisions," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

"In the Hobby Lobby decision, the U.S. Supreme Court came to the shocking and unconscionable conclusion that a business' beliefs supersede both a woman's reproductive health care needs and scientific facts. The Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act takes a step toward righting that wrong. No company should deny their workers specific health benefits or discriminate against their women workers, period. We're glad to see so many elected officials agree that women - not bosses - should determine their own health care and financial wellbeing," said Andrea Miller, President, NARAL Pro-Choice New York.

"The Supreme Court's decision last week will have very real consequences for women. With this bill, Congress can begin to fix the damage done by the Court's decision to allow for-profit corporations to deny their employees birth control coverage. This bill would close the door for denying contraception before more corporations can walk through it. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, we will work vigorously to help pass this law and we applaud Congressman Maloney for his support," said Reina Schiffrin, President/CEO, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic.

"We fully support The Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act that will restore the original legal guarantee that women have access to contraceptive coverage through their employment-based insurance plans and will protect coverage of other health services from employer interference as well. While the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Woods cases are about contraception, the court's ruling could have limitless consequences by emboldening religious objections to vaccines, blood transfusions, treatment for HIV/AIDS, etc. Bosses could attempt to extend their reach beyond the boardroom and into the bedrooms of their employees," said Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley.

"This bill an important step toward restoring the rights of women and protecting their coverage of other health services from employer interference. It is not the place of private employers to impose their religious beliefs on their workers. Our reproductive freedoms are integrally bound to our religious liberty, and every woman should have the right to follow her own faith and moral informed decisions about her body, her family and her reproductive life. We thank Representative Sean Patrick Maloney for standing up to the needs of all women to ensure they do not lose access to the birth control that they believe is necessary for their own family planning decisions," said Rabbi Lori Koffman, Board Member National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).

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