Don Beyer: Supreme Court Should Rule in Favor of Contraceptive Coverage


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March 25, 2014 (Fairfax County, Va.) – Former Lieutenant Governor and congressional candidate Don Beyer joined the millions of voices arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court should rule in favor of contraceptive coverage and against Hobby Lobby’s arguments today, for moral, economic, and reproductive health reasons.

“Contraceptive coverage by employers is a matter of justice, economic well-being and necessary health care for women and families,” Beyer said.  “An unfavorable ruling on this case could allow for-profit companies to use religious beliefs as loopholes that allow them to discriminate, dictate reproductive health choices, or gain unfair advantage over other companies. Women must be allowed to make their own choices, rather than have health care decisions imposed on them by their bosses.”

In each of today’s two cases before the Court – Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v Sebelius and Sebelius v Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. – private corporations argue that they should be able to deny birth control coverage to their employees on the basis of the owners’ religious principles.  Under the Affordable Care Act, all FDA-approved contraception must be covered by the employer’s health plan.

Don Beyer has been endorsed by dozens of organizations, elected officials and national leaders, including former presidential candidate Howard Dean, NARAL President Emeritus Kate Michelman, The Council for a Livable World/PeacePAC, and the National Association of Postal Supervisors.