For Immediate Release - June 30, 2014

AG Coakley Statement on Supreme Court Ruling in Hobby Lobby Case

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that for-profit corporations are not required to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), in the consolidated cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

“Today’s ruling undercuts important protections for women seeking access to affordable contraceptive services. For-profit corporations should not be allowed to prevent women from receiving necessary health care based on the religious beliefs of managers and shareholders. This decision undercuts vital efforts to ensure equality both here in Massachusetts and across the country, and we will continue our fight for quality health care coverage.”

In January 2014, AG Coakley, along with California Attorney General Kamala Harris, led a coalition of 14 other states in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting access to FDA-approved contraceptive coverage.