Senator John Walsh today said that employers have no right to deny women basic health coverage for birth control, and noted that Congressman Steve Daines' aggressive anti-choice policies are an even greater threat to women's health care:
"Today's ruling means women could pay hundreds of dollars more per month because their bosses get to determine the type of health care they receive. The decision echoes a disturbing effort by Montana's Congressman to deny women everywhere their fundamental freedom to private health care. Congressman Daines would go even farther and outlaw common forms of birth control for all women. We cannot allow Washington to infringe upon the right to make private health choices."
Daines sponsored the "personhood" legislation that would overturn Roe v. Wade, make abortion illegal in cases of rape and incest and could outlaw common forms of birth control. He has sponsored legislation that would authorize the IRS to audit rape victims who chose to have an abortion.
Walsh criticized an earlier Supreme Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley that strikes down buffer zones around women's health clinics. He strongly opposes measures that would restrict women's rights.
Walsh has earned the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, Planned Parenthood and the National Organization of Women.