Rep. Lowey Criticizes Supreme Court's Lobby Ruling

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Congresswoman Nita Lowey criticized the Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
Congresswoman Nita Lowey criticized the Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Photo Credit: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) condemned the Supreme Court's ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby as a shocking step backward for women's health.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that corporations can refuse to offer contraception coverage  to their employees based upon religious beliefs.

Lowey said the Supreme Court ruling was unacceptable.
"Employers will be legally allowed to prevent a female employee from making her own health decisions.

"Millions of American women will be at risk of having to pay out of pocket for basic contraception, rather than have it covered by health insurance," she said.

Lowey said employers should not be allowed to impose their religious views on employees.
"This country was founded on the principle that no citizen can force their religious beliefs on another. This decision flies in the face of this sacred tenet," she said.

Popularly known as "Hobby Lobby," the court case arose when the owners of two companies objected on religious grounds to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employees' health insurance plans include contraception coverage.

David and Barbara Green and their three children are a Southern Baptist family that owns the Hobby Lobby craft stores chain

Norman Hahn and his family are Mennonites who own the Conestoga Wood Specialties cabinet-making business in Pennsylvania.

They argued that being forced to cover contraceptives they object to on religious grounds violates their religious liberty.

NARAL Pro-Choice America said the Supreme Court ruling was a direct attack on women and our fundamental rights.

"This ruling goes out of its way to declare that discrimination against women isn't discrimination," Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America said. "Allowing bosses this much control over the health-care decisions of their employees is a slippery slope with no end."

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Hey Lowey, get the hell out of politics. You have been around too long and don't know what you are talking about ! Smarten up and go home and take care of your home. Clean it, dusty and dirty. We are all sick of you.

Thank you for standing up for fairness Mrs Lowey. Hobby Lobby has dictated their personal beliefs onto millions of women. This ruling made by men who will in no way be effected . Wrong on many levels. What next no blood transfusiions?

Congresswoman Lowey's comment that "Millions of American women will be at risk of having to pay out of pocket for basic contraception, rather than have it covered by health insurance," as a result of the Supreme Court decision is incorrect. As I understand it, the decision only addresses the four contraceptives which work after conception. These abortifacients, such as the morning after pill, effectively cause abortions, which is what drove this matter to the Supreme Court.

The morning after pill does NOT cause an abortion, if a woman became pregnant this pill would NOT work!
IUD's are safer for many women than the birth control pill & is a lot more expensive at the time it is implanted. For women scraping to get by, this will be a hardship.

You are correct, Lowey is out of touch. No one is denying a women access to birth control. SCOTUS simply said that when a closely held corporation sites religious beliefs they do not have to PAY for insurance that includes birth control meds or devices. She is free to pay for such medication or devices herself. This is not medication for life threatening conditions such as heart disease or cancer. This is medication used to prevent unwanted pregnancies which is readily available at a nominal cost. If you wan't to ensure against unwanted pregnancy abstain or buy your own birth control medication or device, I hear a months supply is about $10 bucks at Walmart.

Lowey is a true hack. She does not even know what the SC said yesterday, merely parroting the company line from the likes of idiots, to wit: Pelosi and Ginsberg. The ruling was extremely limited, and merely affirm Clinton's Religious Freedom Act from the 1990s, which was supported by many Dems, including the odious Schumer.

This not-so-supreme court is the most embarrassing collection of illogical old goats imaginable. Religion should never be held up as an exemption from compliance with any rule of law -- including paying taxes. The religiosity of the right is celebrated by the same ignorant fools who look down upon the mayhem and savagery of what is going on in the name of religion in the Middle East.