MONTGOMERY — A Lauderdale County lawmaker is sponsoring one of the bills GOP leadership said is designed to push back against "Obamacare."
Rep. Lynn Greer, R-Rogersville, has pre-filed the "Religious Liberty Act." It would allow employers to opt out of providing birth control to employees.
Greer, a business owner with about 50 full- and part-time employees, said Friday the bill is one of his favorites in the "Dare Defend" lineup. He said he's strongly pro-life and doesn't like the idea of employers having to pay for contraceptives or drugs commonly referred to as morning-after pills.
"I'd be more concerned about drugs that cause an abortion, and I'd hate to know that I paid for that to happen," Greer said Friday.
He said many Alabama employers "don't want to pay for something they don't believe in."
Asked if he's concerned that this act could lead to lawsuits, Greer said it could happen, but he didn't think it would. And if contraceptive coverage is that important to an individual, they can seek employment where it's offered.
"I don't see that it infringes on anyone's rights; you can work where you want to," he said.
Part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act requires most employers, including faith-affiliated hospitals and nonprofits, to provide health insurance that includes artificial contraception, including sterilization, as a free preventive service.
More than 40 lawsuits have been filed by religious nonprofits and secular for-profit businesses claiming the mandate violates their religious beliefs, The Associated Press reported Friday.