Congressman Lowenthal Condemns SCOTUS Ruling On Contraceptive Rights

July 1, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling today on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case:

"This marks a serious defeat for all women, whose private medical decisions should only be left up to individual women in consultation with their doctors. 

I am truly disappointed to see the Supreme Court's all-male majority recognize that ‘closely-held for-profit companies'—which are not people—have a right to the free exercise of religion that apparently trumps a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions.

The implications of such a decision are deeply troubling. As Justice Ginsberg noted in her minority dissent, the Supreme Court in its ruling, has ‘ventured into a minefield.' I agree. It is a minefield that will have serious and even unforeseen implications for individual liberties in the years to come."