Senate Democrats promise legislation to try to override Supreme Court ruling on contraception

  • Article by: ERICA WERNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 8, 2014 - 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats say they will advance legislation to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling allowing some companies with religious objections to avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care law.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the ruling was outrageous and the Senate will do something about it. He says women's lives cannot be determined by the decision of five men.

The 5-4 ruling last month was a setback for supporters of the law but some Democrats have been aiming to use it to political advantage by focusing on Republicans' record on reproductive rights.

Senate Democratic legislation would undo the ruling by aiming to ensure all women have access to contraception coverage even if they work for a company that has a religious objection to it. Such a bill would have little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled House.

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