New legislation introduced in response to Hobby Lobby decision

Posted at: 07/09/2014 11:45 AM
Updated at: 07/09/2014 3:05 PM

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced new legislation Tuesday in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on craft store Hobby Lobby that allows the company and others to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to its employees based on religious grounds.

The new proposed bill is called the "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act." It would explicitly prohibit for-profit employers that maintain a group health plan for its employees from using religious beliefs to deny employees contraceptive coverage or coverage of any other vital health service required by federal law.

Slaughter says this proposed bill is necessary to ensure that employees get the critical health services they need regardless of their bosses' religious beliefs.