On June 30, the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that a corporation may, on the basis of its (the corporation's) religious beliefs, deny employees certain health insurance benefits. The next day, GOP 1st District congressional candidate Pedro Celis' campaign issued a press release saying, "The court's decision does not deny access to healthcare, or specifically to contraception...."
This, I believe, is simply untrue. Thousands of women in Washington rely on their employers for health insurance coverage, and contraception is not only a vital part of women's healthcare, it is also essential to women's economic independence and advancement.
The court's ruling that a corporation's right to religious expression outweighs women's reproductive and economic freedoms will absolutely deny women access to affordable contraception. Corporations have no business deciding piecemeal which kinds of birth control women can use. Women's healthcare decisions should be made by them, their families, and their doctors -- not by their bosses.
We need a someone in Congress who understands this, and who will work to protect women's access to reproductive healthcare, not restrict it. Rep. Suzan DelBene is certainly such a person. Mr. Celis, on the other hand, wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and only seems to want to protect the basic rights of corporations -- not of women.