After the disappointing Hobby Lobby ruling earlier this month, Democratic U.S. Senators joined together to author a bill to override the Supreme Court decision. Both of our Senators, Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, co-sponsored the bill.
Republicans in Congress, however, blocked the bill to reverse the Hobby Lobby ruling earlier this week.
Senator Patty Murray wrote the bill that would have banned employers from refusing to provide any health coverage, which includes contraception, that is guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act.
Both Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Franken expressed their frustration with the ruling through social media. Sen. Franken launched #WomenForAl, an appeal to becoming part of the community of women supporting Sen. Franken. Sen. Franken also tweeted using the #notmybossbussiness hashtag.
Sen. Klobuchar, too, fueled the fire via Twitter. She tweeted:
Co-sponsoring bill to override Hobby Lobby ruling. Women & their doctors — NOT their bosses — should make birth control decisions.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) July 10, 2014
When asked about the legislation, Sen. Franken made a spot-on statement:
“The Supreme Court made a terrible decision when it decided that a woman’s boss can make health care decisions for her. Those choices should be between a woman and her doctor, plain and simple. The Court’s ruling will deny women access to the health care services they need, and that’s why we have to pass this important legislative fix.”
Seven businesses in Minnesota have already filed to be exempted from the mandate, which would leave their employees without access to basic healthcare.
It’s a relief to know that we can count on our Senators to stand up for our rights when the Supreme Court won’t.