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Supreme Court Ruling an Attack on Women Workers

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized a “very troubling” Supreme Court ruling today that lets some business owners opt out of an Affordable Care Act requirement that they cover contraceptives for women workers.

“Bosses should not be able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees. This ruling is another attack on the rights of working people by the 5-4 conservative majority on the Supreme Court,” said Sanders.

“At a time when tens of millions of women use birth control, there is no valid reason to restrict a woman’s access to safe, widely-used preventive services simply because her employer does not approve of what should be her private medical decisions. This ruling undermines the government’s interest in providing women access to preventive health care, including contraceptive coverage,” Sanders said.

Sanders had joined a group of senators in a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that a religious freedom law did not extend rights to for-profit corporations.

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