Several U.S. Senate Democrats are fast-tracking a bill, the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, they say will counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.
Those senators include Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Mark Udall, D-Colo.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 June 30 in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that individuals do not lose their religious freedom when they open a family business.
The case was significant because this is the first time the high court ruled that under federal law, closely held private businesses may hold religious views.
Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby, said the nation’s highest court reaffirmed the vital importance of religious liberty as one of the country’s founding principles — a victory not just for her family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith.