GILL STATEMENT ON US SUPREME COURT DECISION REGARDING CONTRACEPTION

Senate President Pro Temp Nia H. Gill, D-Essex and Passaic, discusses a nominee during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex) today released the following statement regarding the US Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision issued Monday on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby allowing family-owned companies to claim a religious-exemption to opt out of providing employees with contraception coverage:

“Yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court is deeply concerning. By finding that corporations do not have to provide contraception coverage for their female employees, the court is allowing corporations to impose their own religious beliefs on employees based upon gender.

 “This is an overreach that I fear could lead to additional claims by companies seeking to opt out of coverage requirements implemented by the landmark health care reform law – or any other law on the books – and by doing so limit access to health care. I stand with President Obama in his effort to mitigate the effect of this ruling, whether it is done through Congressional or Executive action.”