Congresswoman Duckworth Statement on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–June 30, 2014. Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, allowing for-profit corporations to exclude birth control coverage in their employees’ insurance plans.

“Today’s Hobby Lobby ruling is both disappointing for women and disappointing for our country. Congress, the Supreme Court and the Administration should not be in the business of restricting access to health care for women.”

“Access to affordable birth control is crucial to protecting the health of women and reducing unwanted pregnancies. 99% of sexually active American women have used contraception at some point in their lives and access to birth control has been shown to decrease abortion rates by up to 78%. Personal decisions about reproductive health should be based on a woman’s own conscience, religious beliefs and sound medical advice – not the whims of her employer or her legislators.”