Democrats to try to override contraception ruling

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
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This June 24, 2014, file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on his way to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

This June 24, 2014, file photo shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada on his way to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 all types of contraception coverage even if they work for a company that has a religious objection to it.

 

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