Anti-choice House lawmakers launched the latest attack on women’s health and family planning on Wednesday. In a House subcommittee hearing entitled “Do New Health Law Mandates Threaten Conscience Rights and Access to Care?,” several lawmakers showed their true colors, arguing for the preferences of employers over the right of women to make their own contraceptive health decisions in consultation with their doctors.
“House lawmakers’ implicit support of refusal clauses is only the latest attack in the war on women”, said Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. “Beliefs about prescription contraceptives are personal ones. It is unthinkable that a woman could be cut off from her ability to access legitimate medical and professional services solely because of the religious beliefs of her institutional employers.”