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Rep. Maffei Statement on Supreme Court’s Burwell V. Hobby Lobby Decision

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision that would permit some for-profit corporations to exclude birth control coverage in employees’ health insurance plans:

“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling today that gives some for-profit corporations the right to deny their employees birth control coverage. CEOs and employers at for-profit corporations should not be able to prevent women from access to health care simply because of their own personal religious objections.  I have consistently supported laws ensuring women are able to make their own health care decisions, and I will continue to protect women’s access to contraceptives and reproductive health care.”

BACKGROUND:

  • In January 2014, Rep. Maffei joined 91 Members of Congress in filing an amicus brief the Supreme Court in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. In the amicus, the Members of Congress outlined how the legislative history of the ACA supports the conclusion that the contraceptive coverage requirement of the ACA satisfies the test applicable to a free exercise of religion challenge under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

 

 

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