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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.

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

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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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