NHDP - Silence From Brown, Smith and Havenstein Speaks Volumes

Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Deny Women Contraception Coverage and GOPers Are Silent


Concord, NH – Silence from Scott Brown, Bob Smith, and Walt Havenstein on today's Supreme Court decision allowing privately-held companies to deny women insurance coverage for contraception speaks volumes about their support for these outrageous restrictions on women's health care and their rights.

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that would allow employers at privately-held companies to deny women who work for them access to contraceptive health coverage. Independent experts are saying the ruling could lead to further restrictions on their health care services, too. 

“New Hampshire Republican candidates like Scott Brown, Bob Smith, and Walt Havenstein would allow employers to make health care decisions for the women who work for them, denying women important rights," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. "All of them need to be straight with women and families and explain why they think that a woman should have to discuss and explain her health care decisions to her employer.”
In the Senate, Brown took a “strong stand” in favor of the Blunt Amendment– which would have gone even further than the Supreme Court in limiting access to basic contraceptive health coverage.  For comparison, Republican U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski called the bill “an attack on women.”

Contraception was included as a required preventive health service in the Affordable Care Act, on the recommendation of independent medical experts, because it is an important for the health of millions of women and families.  There are direct links between contraceptive use and declines in maternal and infant mortality, reduced risk of ovarian cancer, better overall health outcomes for women, and far fewer unintended pregnancies and abortions.