Senate Denies Bill Opposing Obama’s Birth Control Policy
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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The Senate defeated a GOP effort to overturn President Barack Obama‘s policy on contraception insurance coverage on Thursday.  The 51-48 vote killed an amendment that would have allowed insurance companies to deny customers coverage if they deemed portions of the president’s health care law “morally objectionable,” reports USA Today.

That means, if insurers found birth control immoral, they could refuse the right to cover the cost of birth control.

Democrats saw the bill as away for insurance companies to deny even more customers on the basis of a false morality.

“We have never had a conscience clause for insurance companies,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif). The measure would have given insurers more opportunities to deny coverage for certain treatments, she added. “A lot of them don’t have any consciences. They’ll take it.”

Republicans argued that the law needs to be reversed because it violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom by forcing insurers and employers to pay for contraception even if their faith forbids its use.

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Sade K. Muhammad

Sadé Muhammad is a news intern at BlackEnterprise.com. Before Black Enterprise, she was a fashion writer for Jonesmagazine.com, blogger and research intern for Niaonline.com, and a marketing and web intern for WPVI-TV/6ABC in Philadelphia, PA. Sadé is a senior magazine journalism major and honors student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. With a passion for empowerment and solidarity among women of color, she is developing a print and online lifestyle magazine catering to this very audience for her senior thesis. When she’s not writing, she is talking fashion, travel, and Knicks basketball.


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