Anti-abortion PAC blasts 'radical' birth control vote

An anti-abortion political action committee (PAC) is vowing to punish vulnerable Senate Democrats for supporting a bill to reverse the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling.

Women Speak Out PAC said that Sens. Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE (D-N.C.), Mark PryorMark Lunsford PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) and Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns You want to recall John McCain? Good luck, it will be impossible MORE (D-La.) "stand with the abortion lobby" in their support for legislation to ensure that for-profit companies cover birth control.

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The group, which is affiliated with the Susan B. Anthony List, framed the "radical" Senate vote as an attack on religion.

"Senate Democrats and a few wayward Republicans just voted against religious freedom for their constituents and all Americans," said Women Speak Out PAC President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

The Senate bill strengthens a requirement under ObamaCare that for-profit companies offer comprehensive birth control coverage in their employee health plans.

The recent Hobby Lobby ruling allows closely held businesses to opt out of the rule on religious grounds. Democrats call the decision an unfair and dramatic extension of religious liberty rights to the private sector.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Trump's VA pick on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for nominee | Senate panel approves opioid bill | FDA cracking down on e-cig sales to kids Trump's nominee for the VA is on the ropes Senate Health panel approves opioid bill MORE (D-Wash.), asked Wednesday if Republicans believe "bosses should be in charge of a woman's healthcare decision."

"Do they think that we, as a country, should start down the path where CEOs and corporations can start making decisions for all kinds of healthcare for their employees?” Murray said.

"Women should call the shots when it comes to their healthcare decisions. Not their boss. Not their government. Not anyone else. Period."

Lacking the 60 votes necessary to advance, the measure ultimately stalled on the Senate floor. Three Republicans sided with Democrats, but it was not enough to move the bill forward.

Women Speak Out PAC criticized Dems for suggesting the Hobby Lobby decision affects women's access to birth control.

"Contraception is widely available. There is no bogey man or woman fighting to change that," Dannenfelser said.

"In backing this legislation, Senators Hagan, Pryor, and Landrieu stand with the abortion lobby, not the people who elected them," she continued.

The group did not announce specific plans to target Hagan, Pryor and Landrieu, who are three of the Senate's most vulnerable members this election cycle.