Two Democratic Illinois congressmen are making the case against a Republican-sponsored bill that would give employers the right to deny covering the cost of birth control for employees. U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) argue that the bill is a slap in the face to women. “Make no mistake, there is a war on women and we have to fight back,” Quigley said.
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Schakowsky argues that not only are birth control pills part of family planning, in some cases they are used as medication. “The use of birth control and its medical benefits have been widely supported by medical experts and scientific experts, Schakowsky said. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act was introduced in March 2011. It gives employers to right to deny certain types of prescription coverage based on the employer’s morals. Supporters say it protects religious rights. The same legislation is being advanced in the U.S. Senate as well.