U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown signs onto bill to negate Hobby Lobby decision

Cleveland Plain Dealer

WASHINGTON, D. C. - A group of Democrats in the U.S. Senate including Ohio's Sherrod Brown today announced they'll introduce legislation to counteract the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision that allows companies with religious objections to birth control to not provide it in their workers' insurance coverage.

Brown is among three dozen Democrats in the U.S. Senate who say they'll back the bill endorsed by groups like the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the National Women's Law Center, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Dubbed the "Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act," it would ban employers from refusing to provide any health coverage, including contraceptives - that are guaranteed to employees and dependents under federal law.

It would also state that no federal law, including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, allows employers to refuse to comply with the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements. The Supreme Court cited the 1993 religious freedom law in last week's decision.

The bill would allow contraceptive coverage exemptions for houses of worship and religious nonprofits.

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