Last week Republican candidate Pedro Celis called the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision a "victory for religious freedom" when I believe it is a attack on women's fundamental rights. The Hobby Lobby decision prevents women from having access to basic healthcare. Family owned corporations will no longer be required to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives if doing so violates the owner's religious beliefs. Celis says this is great decision for women. I believe he couldn't be more wrong.
To me, this is just another reminder that women don't share the same rights as men in America. While women have to pay for contraception out of pocket, the Hobby Lobby decision still requires insurance coverage for Viagra and vasectomies. Instead of a victory for religious freedom, let's see this decision for what I beleive it really is: state-sanctioned discrimination against women. Women who are valuable members of our work force are unfairly burdened with cost purely because of their gender. I look at both sides of issues in elections but I cannot vote for Pedro Celis because I believe he doesn't support equal rights for women. Instead I support Susan DelBene for Congress because I believe she puts women first.