As the Supreme Court began hearing arguments Tuesday in a controversial case brought by Hobby Lobby, Rep. Scott Peters (D-52) spoke in support of women’s access to birth control at a rally outside the court and on the floor of the House of Representatives.
At issue in the Hobby Lobby case is whether a private, for-profit company can deny coverage for contraceptives to its employees because of the company owners’ private religious objections.
The owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores with 13,000 employees, object to covering certain types of contraception which they view as a form of early abortion.
“In 2014, the idea that a woman has to fight for access to birth control is astonishing,” Peters said. “A woman should not have to choose between her job and her health. As a husband of nearly 28 years, and a father of two, it seems pretty clear to me: women, not bosses, should be in charge of their personal health care decisions.”
Peters spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court as part of a rally with advocates and supporters of women’s access to birth control.
Peter’s 52nd district covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego.
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