Transcript: Remarks by National Women’s Law Center President Marcia Greenberger on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius

Partial transcript of remarks by Marcia Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, on Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. The press briefing was held after the Supreme Court oral arguments on March 25, 2014:

My name is Marcia Greenberger, and I am co-President of the National Women’s Law Center.

We filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of almost 70 organizations speaking for the women whose health and whose futures are at stake with respect to their access to contraceptive coverage.

The Supreme Court has said in the past – and I want to read this quote – “being able to decide when or whether to have children boosts women’s ability to participate equally in our nation’s economic and social life. Access to birth control has improved women’s status and overall financial security.” And I will add as well as their health and the health of their children.

Its use is nearly universal and its benefits are extraordinary.

What was the issue in this case is whether when the government determines that preventative health care that is essential for women must be provided to them can be overwritten by any for-profit corporation that decides to do so would be objectionable to the corporation?

My organization, the National Women’s Law Center, heard from someone who was not heard from in the Supreme Court, and that was actually a woman who was an employee of Hobby Lobby itself. And she spoke – and I can read from her words specifically about the importance of contraception to her and to her family, and she said that it would allow a woman to lead – and she said – “a responsible life”. And it is the ability of women to be responsible and to protect their own health that is at stake in this case today.

Thank you very much.


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