U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) released the following statement after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, striking down the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage requirement for closely-held corporations. Swalwell signed an Amicus Brief in support of the contraceptive coverage requirement:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a step backwards for women’s health and adds a new decision-maker into the doctor's office: a woman's boss. Now, a woman may be denied contraceptive coverage because of the personally held religious beliefs of her for-profit employer. This ruling is a slippery slope, giving more rights to corporations, and taking away rights from individuals to make personal health decisions with their doctors.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 50 million women are now guaranteed access to contraception without a copay. I will continue to fight in Congress to protect a woman’s access to basic, preventive health care benefits. Health care decisions should be between a woman, her family, and her doctor – not her boss.”
—Information submitted by the Office of Congressman Eric Swalwell
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