After Losing at Supreme Court, Harry Reid to Push the HHS Mandate on All Americans

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 8, 2014   |   3:01PM   |   Washington, DC

After losing at the Supreme Court in its bid to force companies to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees, the pro-abortion side is now attempting to force all Americans to pay for them.

In comments yesterday and today, Harry Reid indicated he would have the Senate push a bill to force Americans to pay for the drugs with their tax dollars. Hot Air has more on what Senate Democrats have planned:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gave a strong indication today that the Democrats plan to take action on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling when he said on the Senate floor, “We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby legislation.” Reid mentioned this hope the Democrats have as he went through a laundry list of issues Democrats want to get done as the Senate continues its current session.

After the Supreme Court ruled last week, Reid reacted by saying, “If the Supreme Court will not protect women’s access to health care, then Democrats will.” Democrats have been mulling over several possible responses to the ruling, including amending the Religious Freedom Restoration Act so that corporations can’t be given those protections similar like individuals can.

pichealth44bThe good news is that House Republicans will have little interest in pushing the Harry Reid legislation and will probably respond with another vote on the Blunt Amendment or bill that provides further conscience protections for pro-life Americans who don’t want to be forced to have their taxpayer dollars go towards abortion-causing drugs.

The push by abortion activists isn’t limited to promoting the mandate on a national level. As Hot Air explains, Democrats are pushing other bills that would erode the Supreme Court’s decision.

According to a report in The Hill, at least three bills are being crafted which are aimed at amending the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), upon which the Supreme Court based the Hobby Lobby decision.

“Democrats want to lure Republicans into a fight over birth control with legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision that ObamaCare may not require certain businesses to include contraception in their employee health coverage,” The Hill’s Elise Viebeck reported.

Democrats are expected to introduce the measures prior to Congress’s August recess as part of an effort to recalibrate the party’s election-year messaging. Their hope is to turn out female voters by casting the court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby as a strike against reproductive rights.

And that’s a fight conservatives may welcome. No matter how justified, no matter how righteous, no matter how wrong-headed their opposition may be; Republicans will be stepping into a trap of Democratic design if they allow themselves to be cast as the party opposed to all forms of family planning.

The Democrats’ efforts appear to be solely election based. The pro-abortion side is clearly focused on the fact that six-year-itch is beginning to take effect, with the electorate souring on the Obama administration and poised to hand the Senate back to Republicans. The only way the Left can counter this is to raise the War on Women spectre again with the hope that it can fools voters into thinking pro-lifers and Republicans oppose women.

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The polling is on the pro-life side, but pro-lifers must be quick to respond to what will be another avalanche of War on Women attacks.