Menendez Joins Senate Democrats on Amicus Brief in Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Case

Menendez Joins Senate Democrats on Amicus Brief in Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Case

Ruling Could Turn Back the Clock on Decades of Progress that’s Been Made for Women’s Health Care

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will join a group of Senate Democrats in filing an amicus brief in support of the government's position in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which is currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States.

This brief provides an authoritative account of the legislative history and intent underlying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senators urge the Supreme Court to reverse the Tenth Circuit's expansion of RFRA's scope and purpose as applied to secular, for-profit corporations and their shareholders seeking to evade the contraceptive-coverage requirement under the ACA. Download a copy of the amicus brief here.

"The bottom line is: health services should be provided based on medical determinations by employees and their doctors. The ACA's coverage of women's preventive services, including contraception, is a fundamental step towards ensuing all women have access to the care they need.

"The case before the Court represents a crossroads in women's health and women's rights - one path continues the course towards equality and improved access to medical care; the other is a retreat back in time that would allow a woman's boss deny her the right to access the care her doctor prescribes. The current rules already provide religious organizations the ability to opt out of this requirement, providing a balance between access and religious beliefs. However, a woman working for a for-profit, non-religious business should not be subjected to the personal whims of a CEO to determine which health care services she can access. This is an anachronistic world view that has no place in 2014 and no place in a society that values equality."

Led by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the amicus brief was also signed by Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Harry Reid (D-NV), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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