Durbin: Companies Should Disclose Stance On Birth Control Coverage

Jul 24, 2014

After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month, certain companies are exempt from providing birth control as part of their insurance plans. They don't have to cover contraception if it conflicts with owners' religious beliefs.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is proposing legislation to require these companies to share that information with job seekers.

Durbin, a Democrat, says potential employees have the right to know.

"I want it to be public knowledge. If this company believes, as a matter of conscience that they cannot cover certain legal forms of birth control, I think those working for them and those who are applying to work for them should know it."

Critics say Durbin's proposal is unnecessary because relatively few companies qualify for the religious exemption.