The Senate is likely to act this month to ease the impact of the Supreme Court ruling allowing certain companies, for religious reasons, to reject the mandate to provide employees with birth control coverage.
“The one thing we're going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women's lives are not determined by virtue of five...men,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told a news conference Tuesday.
Democrats see last week’s 5-4 ruling as a big political opportunity. Unmarried women tend to lean heavily Democrats, and the party hopes anger over the ruling will motivate them to turn out in November. Most congressional Republicans hailed the decision as a victory for religious freedom.
Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania furniture maker, were behind the legal challenge.
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“This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous, and we're going to do something about it,” Reid said.
“People are going to have to walk down here and vote, and if they vote with the five men on the Supreme Court, I think it's -- they're going to have -- be treated unfavorably come November with the elections.
“We have legislation to ensure that women continue to receive access to contraceptive coverage, even in wake of the horrible decision by Supreme Court.”