WEINBERG STATEMENT ON HOBBY LOBBY DECISION

Senate Majority Leader Weinberg addresses the audience at the Women's Lobby Day Rally

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg today released the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court 5-4 decision issued Monday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby allowing family-owned companies to claim a religious-exemption to opt out of providing employees with contraception coverage:

 “Given his record on women’s health, it’s no surprise that the governor artfully dodged a question today about his opinion of the US Supreme Court decision. But the fact is, this issue is clear cut. Employers should not be involved in the personal health care decisions of their employees or in determining a woman’s access to specific care.

 “This ruling threatens to roll back decades of progress made on women’s reproductive rights and places at risk the health of women across the country. On a very basic level, we will now have for-profit corporations deciding whether or not a woman should have access to birth control. In 2014, this is unfathomable. Democrats in New Jersey and across the country will continue to fight attempts to limit women’s health care options and will work to ensure women get access to care they deserve.”