Bellows To Attend Supreme Court Rally

Monday, March 24, 2014Press Release

Democratic Candidate for US Senate Shenna Bellows travels to Washington, DC today to attend a rally tomorrow outside the US Supreme Court sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and other women’s rights groups in support of access to birth control.

The Supreme Court will hear two cases dealing with the issue of access to birth control. Two for-profit corporations, Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestaga Wagons, have sued for the power to deny their employees access to birth control under their personal health insurance plans. These lawsuits could set dangerous precedent and limit access to birth control for women nationwide.

The lawsuits highlight an important policy difference between Bellows and her opponent, Republican incumbent Susan Collins. Bellows has been a long-time advocate for women’s health and reproductive freedom as a leader in the Maine Choice Coalition. Bellows was a key member of the Maine Choice Coalition lobby team, which defeated several anti-contraception and anti-abortion measures over the last eight years. In contrast, Republican Susan Collins voted to advance the controversial Blunt amendment, which would have allowedemployers to deny women access to birth control. [1]

“You can’t be pro-choice and vote to limit access to birth control,” said Bellows. “Decisions about birth control should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor, not the government and certainly not her boss. It is wrong to allow employers to interfere with women’s decisions about family planning.”

Bellows has been endorsed by Feminist Majority PAC and the National Organization for Women’s NOW PAC. Bellows has received numerous awards for her work on women’s health and reproductive freedom from groups including University of Maine Women’s Studies Department, Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center, the American Association of University Women, and the Frances Perkins Center.

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[1] http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00024