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If you even had a shadow of a doubt about the dangerous way in which the media misinforms the public, the Associated Press went out of its way on Wednesday to put those doubts to rest
Focused on the mission of keeping the public up to date on events, the AP broke a report from the U.S. Senate on Wednesday where Democrats had attempted to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds. Read more: www.wjla.com... Pct
To recap, the majority of Supreme Court justices found that the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, implemented as part of a regulatory measure and not passed by Congress, violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The court found that closely held firms who prove religious objections to the mandate can refuse to provide certain contraceptive methods as part of their employees’ health coverage.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, Pub. L. No. 103-141, 107 Stat. 1488 (November 16, 1993), codified at 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb through 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb-4 (also known as RFRA), is a 1993 United States federal law aimed at preventing laws that substantially burden a person's free exercise of religion.
Passed House May 11, 1993 It was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.
I'm sure that in 1993, back before the SCOTUS declared corporations people with religious freedom, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act seemed perfectly reasonable
The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor unions.
I see absolutely zero hypocrisy with Democrats that formerly approved of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act now distancing themselves from it
Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 - Prohibits any agency, department, or official of the United States or any State (the government) from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion e
In fact, HHS has already devised and implemented a system that seeks to respect the religious liberty of religious nonprofit corporations while ensuring that the employees of these entities have precisely the same access to all FDA-approved contraceptives as employees of companies whose owners have no religious objections to providing such coverage. The employees of these religious nonprofit corporations still have access to insurance coverage without cost sharing for all FDA-approved contraceptives; and according to HHS, this system imposes no net economic burden on the insurance companies that are required to provide or secure the coverage.
Although HHS has made this system available to religious nonprofits that have religious objections to the contraceptive mandate, HHS has provided no reason why the same system cannot be made available when the owners of for-profit corporations have similar religious objections. We therefore conclude that this system constitutes an alternative that achieves all of the Government’s aims while providing greater respect for religious liberty. And under RFRA, that conclusion means that enforcement of the HHS contraceptive mandate against the objecting parties in these cases is unlawful.
The effect of the HHS-created accommodation on the women employed by Hobby Lobby and the other companies involved in these cases would be precisely zero. Under that accommodation, these women would still be entitled to all FDA-approved contraceptives without cost sharing.