U.S. Democrats aim to turn contraception into campaign drive

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democrats hope to turn their legal setback on Obamacare and contraception into a winning autumn campaign issue by pushing legislation requiring employers to include birth control in healthcare coverage. Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives unveiled bills on Tuesday to override last week’s Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that allowed closely held corporations to forego for religious reasons President Barack Obama’s healthcare regulation requiring insurance plans to cover contraceptives. The proposed legislation would bar employers from discriminating against female employees in coverage of preventive health services, including contraception. The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to vote on a measure introduced by Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Senator Mark Udall of Colorado before Congress breaks for August recess.
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