Maine Politicians React to Hobby Lobby Ruling by Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court today ruled that some corporations, like Hobby Lobby, don't have to cover the cost of women's contraceptives through the company insurance. Two Maine lawmakers reacted quickly to the decision.
The Supreme Court's decision in Sebelius vs Hobby Lobby states that closely held for-profit corporations, like Hobby Lobby, are exempt from complying with the mandate in the Affordable Care Act regarding contraception based on religious beliefs. Since the ruling came out this morning, Two of Maine's lawmakers have issued statements in press releases, denouncing the decision.
Representative Mike Michaud: "“I’m disappointed by today’s ruling and believe it is an affront to a woman’s right to access basic healthcare services,” said Michaud. “I have the utmost respect for religious freedom – it is one of the defining principles of our nation. However, I believe today’s ruling sets a dangerous precedent that opens up the door to discrimination in the workplace under the guise of religion. Unfortunately, this is not the direction in which we should be moving.”
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree; “I’m extremely disappointed that the court has held the power of corporations over the rights of women to make their own health care decisions. Health insurance is a benefit that these employees have earned, and their policies should cover birth control because it’s a fundamental part of a woman’s health. Whether she uses it should be up to her alone—not her employer's board of directors. The Supreme Court has again furthered the notion that corporations are people that can use their power and so-called rights to supersede those of individuals.”