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Begich Opposes Hobby Lobby Lawsuit

Decisions Belong to Alaska Women, Not Employers or Government


ANCHORAGE — Senator Mark Begich reaffirmed his position on the Hobby Lobby lawsuit currently before the U.S. Supreme Court, calling the attempt to allow employers to determine an employee’s access to reproductive health care an “invasion of privacy.”

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby, women face the real threat of paying hundreds of dollars out of pocket every year for access to contraception at the discretion of the government and their employers. The court is expected to rule on the case in the next week.

“Decisions about reproductive health and contraception should be made in private between a woman, her doctor, her family and her faith — It is a gross invasion of privacy to allow employers or the government to make these decisions,” said Mark Begich.

Republican Senate candidates Dan Sullivan, Mead Treadwell and Joe Miller have all voiced their support for the lawsuit