U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) released the following statement today after the Senate voted on S.2578, the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.). The bill failed to receive the 60 votes needed to advance in the senate with a vote of 56 to 43.
"There are many false narratives -- many being instigated by Democrat leaders -- that the Supreme Court's decision allows private companies to "deny' employees' access to contraceptives. This is blatantly false and is a distraction tactic from the Greens' primary concern with the ObamaCare mandate. The Greens believed it violated their right of conscience to be forced to fund a means to end life, which within the mandated contraceptive coverage included abortion-inducing drugs. The Supreme Court decision simply released them from this enforcement measure based on religious freedom, but the ruling did not restrict an employee's private decision to access these means. Today, Senate Democrats' bill to reverse the Supreme Court's decision on Hobby Lobby fed a distorted narrative of the ruling and served as a distraction from President Obama's health care law that is failing the American people. Senate Democrats should instead bring forward or consider one of the countless House bills that seeks to fix our health care system dismantled by ObamaCare, which has led to skyrocketing costs and loss of access to preferred doctors."