FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2014
NARAL Pro-Choice America Slams Senate GOP Leadership for Blocking Bill to Reverse SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Ruling; TV Ad Airs Today Calling Out Republican Leader McConnell for Anti-Women Votes
*** Watch the ad below***
Today, the “Not My Boss’ Business Act” to restore women’s access to contraception coverage, which was recently limited by the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, met staunch opposition by Senate Republican leadership. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell put forward a bill that re-states a woman’s legal access to contraceptives, without addressing the Supreme Court’s controversial decision.
Said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America:
"It is shameful and wrong that Senate Republican leaders today decided to side with corporate bosses who are exploiting loopholes and a narrow Supreme Court vote to shirk their responsibility to their workers instead of supporting the women who elected them to office and expect their rights upheld.
"Mitch McConnell’s bill is not any attempt at a solution but a failed political ploy that is sure to backfire. It would ‘allow’ women to pay twice for their birth control: once through insurance coverage (which their boss can then take away) and then again with their own money at the pharmacist. Thanks but no thanks.
“Votes and political games like these are why we are seeing a huge gender gap in nearly every poll. Access to birth control is not a fringe issue; it is a mainstream issue that affects nearly all women in this country. We will continue to work between now and Election Day to remind women, and all voters, where their representative stands on this vital issue.”
Today, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s new 30-second television ad hitting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for “never doing the right thing for Kentucky women” will run statewide in Kentucky for a week.