Begich Cosponsors Bill Protecting Access to Birth Control for Alaska Women
Begich Meets with Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood
July 9, 2014 - Today U.S. Senator Mark Begich cosponsored the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act or the Not My Boss' Business Act, a legislative response to last week’s Hobby Lobby decision. The bill makes it illegal for any company to deny its workers specific health benefits, including birth control, as required to be covered by federal law.
“Last week’s Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case was startling news for Alaska women, who don’t want their boss preventing access to birth control. Not only does this impact a woman’s personal healthcare choices, but this is an economic issue for Alaska families,” said Begich. “Because of the Hobby Lobby case, more than 60,000 Alaska women could be denied access to birth control and reproductive care. This bill will make sure that these types of health care decisions stay between a woman and her doctor – not her boss.”
The Not My Boss’ Business Act, introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Tom Udall (D-CO), will make it clear that bosses cannot discriminate against their female workers, ensuring equal treatment under the law.
Also today, Begich met with Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Planned Parenthood provides low-cost, quality healthcare to 12,000 Alaskans across the state. Begich and Richards discussed accessibility of reproductive health care and solutions to ensure that women have safe, reliable birth control and reproductive health care in Alaska and across the nation.
“With the bill introduced today by Senator Begich alongside Senators Murray and Udall, Congress can begin to fix the damage done by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow for-profit corporations to deny their employees birth control coverage," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. "As the nation's leading advocate for women’s reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood Action Fund is committed to making sure women in Alaska and across the country can get the no-copay birth control benefit that we and others fought so hard to pass and protect. Senator Begich knows that no woman should lose access to birth control because her boss doesn't approve of it - and we applaud for his leadership in fighting to protect women's access to basic health care."
“I was happy to meet with Cecile Richards and discuss the unique needs of Alaska women and how we can build on the good work that Planned Parenthood and similar groups are doing back at home,” said Begich. “I am dedicated to making sure that all Alaska women have access to the quality health care they need.”
For more information on Begich’s response to the Hobby Lobby decision please read his previous release.