Nevada’s Democratic Congressional Representative’s Steven Horsford and Dina Titus are co-sponsoring a bill that claims to protect women’s health in response to last week’s Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” decision. Obviously, they’re picking up their cue from Senator Harry Reid, also of Nevada.
“This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous and we are going to do something about it,” Reid complained Tuesday.
Titus, another Las Vegas Democrat, trumpeted the legislation she introduced with the aid of the Pro-Choice Caucus.
“The private beliefs of corporations and employers have no place in the health decisions of individual women,” said Titus.
“The Not My Boss’ Business Act” will prohibit for-profit employers from using religious beliefs to deny employees coverage of contraception or any other vital health service required by federal law. The bill would keep in place the existing exemption in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 for religious employers such as churches, as well as accommodations for religious non-profit groups.
“A woman’s fundamental right to make her own health choices in consultation with her doctor should not be subject to the discretion of her boss’s religious views,” Horsford said in a statement announcing he would cosponsor the bill.
The bill could be up for a vote in the Senate as soon as next week. But Senate Republicans are likely to block it.