WASHINGTON — Oklahoma's senators have signed on to a bill aimed at reversing the Obama administration's decision to require hospitals, universities and other entities with a religious affiliation to cover contraception services as part of employees' health benefits.
Sens. Tom Coburn, R-
Inhofe said the administration's policy was “an unconstitutional government intrusion against religious freedom.”
“In the past, Congress has acted to safeguard health care providers' freedom of expression and action, and it is time for Congress to once again act, placing a check on President Obama's abuse of power,” Inhofe said.
Other Oklahoma lawmakers signed a letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius protesting the policy, which exempts churches and gives other employers, such as hospitals and universities, until August 2013 to comply with the law.
Rep. John Sullivan, R-