Published On: Fri, Oct 17th, 2014

Al Franken Urges Overriding Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision

Al Franken

Senator Al Franken on Thursday reiterated his position that the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, limiting access to birth control based on employer’s religious views, must be overridden, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Franken spoke at a women’s health roundtable in St. Paul.

The Supreme Court ruled that requiring corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception violated their religious freedom.

It turns out corporations are more and more like people in the eyes of the court.

Franken told the panel of women lawyers and advocates that the ruling must be overturned, according to the Star-Tribune.

“This turns on its head the whole notion of freedom of religion, ” Franken said. “To me, it’s about the freedom of a woman, in this case, to choose whether she wants to use contraception or not. Because of the (Affordable Care Act) it’s a basic, effective, essential healthcare.”

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