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Rep. Suzan DelBene's statement on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby ruling

U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene - Reporter file photo
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene
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Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit corporations can deny coverage of contraception to their employees based on religious grounds. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene issued the following statement after the decision was announced:

“I’m very disappointed by the Court’s decision to allow closely held corporations to deny access to basic healthcare, such as contraception, to their employees.

“With this ruling, the Court has allowed employers to impose their religious beliefs on their workers. A woman’s boss should never be the one to make healthcare decisions for her – these decisions should be between her and her doctor.

“Birth control is a critical component of women’s healthcare. Ninety-nine percent of women use birth control at some point in their lives, and more than 600,000 women in Washington state have benefited from the requirement that insurance companies provide preventative healthcare free of charge.

“The Supreme Court’s decision could also have serious consequences far beyond contraception. While the Court’s decision suggests that today’s ruling applies only to contraceptive coverage, I am troubled by the opportunity it creates for employers to potentially object to further medical services on religious grounds.

“In the coming weeks, I’ll be working with my colleagues in Congress to address this ruling and to ensure women’s access to birth control is protected.”

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