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Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and protect coverage of other health services from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) are introducing companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

“After five justices decided last week that an employer’s personal views can interfere with women's access to essential health services, we in Congress need to act quickly to right this wrong,” said Senator Murray. “This bicameral legislation will ensure that no CEO or corporation can come between people and their guaranteed access to health care, period. I hope Republicans will join us to revoke this court-issued license to discriminate and return the right of Americans to make their own decisions, about their own health care and their own bodies.”

"The U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision opened the door to unprecedented corporate intrusion into our private lives. Coloradans understand that women should never have to ask their bosses for a permission slip to access common forms of birth control or other critical health services," said Senator Udall. "My common-sense proposal will keep women's private health decisions out of corporate board rooms, because your boss shouldn't be able to dictate what is best for you and your family."

“With this bill, Congress can begin to fix the damage done by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow for-profit corporations to deny their employees birth control coverage. The Supreme Court last week opened the door to a wide range of discrimination and denial of services. This bill would help close the door for denying contraception before more corporations can walk through it," said Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.  "As the nation's leading advocate for women’s reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is committed to making sure women can get the no-copay birth control benefit that we and others fought so hard to pass and protect. No woman should lose access to birth control because her boss doesn't approve of it.” 

"Last week, we heard a collective gasp across the country as Americans everywhere tried to make sense of five male Justices on the Supreme Court deciding that our bosses could have control over our birth control in the Hobby Lobby decision,” said Ilyse Hogue, President, NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Today, we hear those gasps turn to cheers as we see champions in Congress move to right this wrong. Ninety-nine percent of American women use some form a of birth control in our lifetimes, and all medical experts agree that these remedies should be included in comprehensive healthcare. Anything less than this amounts to discrimination against women in the workplace. If there's one thing we can agree upon more than the idea that politicians aren't equipped to decide for us how and when and with whom we have families, it's that our bosses are even less so. This bill is the first step in making sure those personal healthcare decision stay where they belong -- in the hands of the women whose lives are affected."

“This critical legislation will protect women’s health care services guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and safeguard their rights,” said Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center. “Women have worked for and earned the right to have their health needs covered—just as men do.  This legislation makes it unmistakably clear that businesses, in the name of religion, can neither discriminate against their female employees nor impose their religious beliefs on them.  Bosses should stick to what they know best—the board room and the bottom line—and stay out of the bedroom and exam room.”

Senators Murray and Udall were joined in introducing the legislation by: Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mark Begich (D-AK), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Robert Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Timothy Kaine (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jack Reed (D-RI), Harry Reid (D-NV), John Rockefeller (D-WV), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), John Walsh (D-MT), Mark Warner (D-VA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

In January, Senator Murray led eighteen other Senate Democrats in filing an amicus brief in support of the government’s position in the cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. The brief filed by Senator Murray and her colleagues provided 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 urged 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.

Senator Udall decried the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week to allow some employers to refuse to cover contraception as part of employees' health insurance policies and vowed to introduce legislation to restore Americans' freedom to make their own health care decisions without corporate intrusion. A longtime champion for Colorado women's access to affordable health care, Senator Udall has fought to expand access to preventive health care services for women and has championed women's rights to make their own health care decisions.

Read full bill text here.

The Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act has been endorsed by:  


Abortion Care Network

Advocates For Youth

Alliance for Justice

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Sexual Health Association

American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Animal Safehouse, Inc.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

ASPIRA Association

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Black Women's Health Imperative

California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ)

California Women Lawyers

Casa de Esperanza

Catholics for Choice

Center For Reproductive Rights

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Choice USA

Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)


Farmworker Justice

Gender Justice

Global Justice Institute

Guttmacher Institute

Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.

Hispanic Federation

Human Rights Campaign

Ibis Reproductive Health

Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice

Innovation Ohio

Institute for Science and Human Values

John Snow, Inc.

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)

Lambda Legal

Latino Justice PRLDEF

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Legal Voice

Mabel Wadsworth Women's Health Center

Maine Women's Lobby

MANA, A National Latina Organization

Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform

Methodist Federation for Social Action

Metropolitan Community Churches

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)


NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts

NARAL Pro-Choice Montana

NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina

National Abortion Federation

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives (NAHFE)

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

National Association of Mothers' Center

National Center for Health Research

National Coalition of American Nuns 

National Congress of Black Women, Inc.

National Consumers League

National Council of Jewish Women

National Council of Women's Organizations

National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA)

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Health Law Program

National Hispanic Council on Aging

National Hispanic Environmental Council (NHEC)

National Hispanic Health Foundation

National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC)

National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National Partnership for Women and Families

National Women's Health Network

National Women's Law Center

New Voices Cleveland

New Voices Pittsburgh

People For the American Way

Physicians for Reproductive Health

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Population Action International

Population Connection Action Fund

Population Institute

Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice of Connecticut, Inc.

Religious Institute

Reproductive Health Technologies Project

Secular Woman

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)

Southwest Women's Law Center

SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!

The Center for Women Policy Studies

The Central Conference of American Rabbis

The Coalition Of Labor Union Women

The Colorado RCRC

The Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund

The Hispanic Institute

The United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

The Women’s Law Center of Maryland

Third Way

U.S. Mexico Foundation

Union for Reform Judaism

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries ACTION

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Voto Latino

West Virginia Free

Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion – Choice Matters

Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health

Women of Reform Judaism

Women of Reform Judaism

Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and ritual (WATER)

Women's Business Development Center

Women's Law Project

Women's Media Center

Young Invincibles

Young Women United (YWU)