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Congressman Calls SCOTUS' Hobby Lobby Birth Control Coverage Decision a 'Slippery Slope'

U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) says decision is step backwards, “adds new party into patient-doctor relationship."

Birth control pills. Photo credit: Michelle Mowad
Birth control pills. Photo credit: Michelle Mowad

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

Related article: Health Care and Contraception: Did the Supreme Court Get It Right?

Trader Lu July 01, 2014 at 04:27 PM
This decision was just an affirmation of RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) passed by the Democrats and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993. You should read it (Stewart). It states that no one should be forced to participate in acts that are contrary to one's faith. Murder, genocide, pedophilia and slavery are four things that I refuse to promote or pay for based on my convictions of faith. If we did not have such protections we would be forced to lock up our beliefs in our home. We need to preserve this freedom.
Lisbeth Allen July 01, 2014 at 05:48 PM
DrHobbyLobby, what brand of knitting needles do you recommend for an abortion?
Mike July 01, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Since Swalwell is a dedicated socialist, he believes that the corporation should not make any decisions, but it is OK for the government to make these decisions.
willie July 02, 2014 at 12:17 PM
so if a woman has a miscarriage does she lose a baby or a lump of clay
willie July 02, 2014 at 12:30 PM
people that don't like this decision need to move to North Korea. they run the country like YOU want our country to be run

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