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Received this e-mail today from Senator Mark Begich's (D. AK) campaign:
A political strategist said recently that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision doesn’t translate up here in Alaska because there aren’t any single, Alaska women.

Well, my name is Mara Hill. I live in Anchorage, Alaska. And I’m writing today to tell you how the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision affects my life.

Contraceptive care isn’t just about birth control. It’s a widely accepted treatment for a number of medical conditions, and every doctor knows that. There’s a reason why we let doctors make medical decisions -- and a reason why your boss doesn’t have “M.D.” after his name.

When it comes to men’s health care, we respect the privacy between a man and his doctor. But Hobby Lobby means that employers no longer need to respect the privacy between a woman and her doctor.

UNITED STATES - Dec 17: Sen. Mark Begich, D-AK., talks with reporters as he makes his way to the Senate luncheons in the U.S. Capitol on December 17, 2013. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
That’s more than unfair -- that’s a violation of the principle of equal treatment under the law. I’m proud that Senator Mark Begich has spoken out against Hobby Lobby, and I hope you will too by signing this petition.

http://www.markbegich.com/...

Right now I’m lucky enough not to worry about my boss prying into my health care decisions, but it shouldn’t be about luck. And as I’m starting my career I shouldn’t have to consider whether or not my boss will interfere with my access to health care when taking a job.

That’s why Hobby Lobby matters to me -- why it should matter to all women, and to all men who care about women’s rights. The fight to access doctor-prescribed birth control was a long one, and it seemed to be settled back in the 1960s. But the Supreme Court has undone that progress.

We still have work to do. And make no mistake -- Alaska women don’t leave a job unfinished.

Thanks for your time,

Mara Hill

Click here to add your name:

http://www.markbegich.com/...

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 04:58 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party and This Week in the War on Women.

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