Peters: Ruling in Hobby Lobby Case ‘Outrageous’

Scott Peters interviewed by a television reporter. Photo courtesy Peters’ office

Rep. Scott Peters on Monday criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case as “outrageous” and “hugely disappointing.”

The court ruled 5-4 in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case that employers with religious objections can opt out of providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The ruling deals with only a small provision of Obamacare and will not affect the entire law.

“Today is a sad day for those of us who believe women have the right to make their own health-care and reproductive decisions without interference from their bosses, and for those who believe it’s in everyone’s interest for women to have access to affordable, safe preventative care,” said the Democrat from La Jolla.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is especially outrageous given the large percentage of women who use birth control pills to treat serious ailments ranging from endometriosis to post-chemotherapy hormone replacement. As a husband, father and long-time advocate for women’s rights, I stand with all Americans who find today’s ruling hugely disappointing.”

Earlier this year, Peters spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court building as part of a rally with advocates and supporters, including many from San Diego, of the effort to maintain access to birth control for women.

Peters’ 52nd District covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego.