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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Hobby Lobby

Jun 30, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today issued the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that closely held for-profit corporations can object on religious grounds to a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring employers to provide health insurance which covers birth control (or contraceptive coverage):

“Today’s ruling not only continues a dangerous trend of favoring the rights of corporations over people, but also tramples on healthcare decisions made between a woman and her doctor.

“While many will tout this ruling as narrow, the fact is 90 percent of all businesses in the United States qualify as closely held. Thus, the Supreme Court has limited the personal healthcare decisions of women across the United States. The right of women to make their own choices about their healthcare is fundamental and deserves absolute protection.”