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Montana Senators Introduce Legislation to Reverse Hobby Lobby Ruling

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Montana's U.S. Senators introduce legislation on Wednesday to overturn the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling and protect access to women's health care.

The Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act would prevent employers from making health care decisions for their employees.

The bill would ban employers from refusing to cover any health coverage, including contraceptive coverage, guaranteed to their employees and dependents under federal law.

In a 5-to-4 vote last Monday, the Supreme Court ruled some companies with religious obligations cannot be forced to offer certain types of contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act.

Senator John Walsh said, "No boss should have a say in the health care employees receive."

Senator Jon Tester added, "A woman's health care decisions should be made in private in consultation with her doctor."

The bill has earned praise from both Planned Parenthood of Montana and NARAL Pro Choice of Montana.

 

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