Kildee introduced legislation to overturn Hobby Lobby ruling

WASHINGTON — Congressman Dan Kildee (MI) co-sponsored a new bill last week that would protect women’s access to health care, after a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month rolled back the rights of individuals, particularly women, in favor of corporations, according to a press release.

The 5-4 split Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby allows for-profit corporations to deny women access to certain forms of birth control based on the corporations’ religious beliefs.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is sadly the latest example of the erosion of individual rights in favor of for-profit corporations,” Congressman Kildee said in the press release.

“From ruling that corporations can contribute unlimited amounts of money in our political system to rolling back the rights of women to make their own health care decisions, the High Court has ultimately — and wrongly — decided that corporations are people. The latest decision to deny women access to forms of birth control is truly dangerous. A woman’s health care choices should be between her and her doctor — not her employer. I’ve co-sponsored legislation to correct this harmful Supreme Court decision and hope that Congress will take immediate action on it.”

Congressman Kildee’s cosponsored legislation, the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014, would restore a woman’s right to make her own health care decision without the interference of her employer. The bill would not allow for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby, who brought the original case to the U.S. Supreme Court, to deny coverage of certain contraceptives under federal law.

Congressman Kildee is a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, whose members also joined in introducing the new bill. — R.S.

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