New Bill Would Reverse Obama's Birth Control Mandate
Members of Congress who oppose President Barack Obama's birth control coverage mandate that would force employers to purchase contraceptives for their workers are taking legislative action.
The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act exempts any employer who has religious or moral objections to the rule, not just religious institutions.
The measure is currently supported by 38 senators and 186 House members.
At a press conference Wednesday, Rep. Peter Roskam, warned that the mandate will "reach in and manipulate the conscience of Americans." Roskam accused President Obama of "trampling precious First Amendment rights."
The White House said exempting groups from having to provide the coverage is '"dangerous and wrong."
During an interview Wednesday, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, the country's top Catholic bishop, pledged to fight the rule with legislative and court challenges