Women’s groups rally against Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision in Boston today
BOSTON — Massachusetts women’s groups and pro-choice advocates are rallying against the recent Supreme Court cases that struck down the state’s abortion clinic buffer zone law and allowed businesses with religious objections to not provide healthcare coverage for contraception for female employees.
The Supreme Rally for Women’s Rights is being sponsored by many of the state’s leading women’s rights advocacy groups, including the state chapter of the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, the Women’s Bar Association and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts.
Two Franklin County state leaders — Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru, and Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst — are also among 15 state legislators supporting the rally.
The rally is scheduled for today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Boston City Hall Plaza.
The Supreme Court rulings have sparked a furor of political activity as women’s rights groups speak out against the decisions.
The organizations behind the rally argue that the court’s decisions have reversed decades of progress toward better reproductive health and have allowed strangers and bosses to make women’s personal health care decisions.
The Supreme Court found that a state buffer zone around abortion clinics violated people’s freedom of speech. In the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, case the country’s high court also struck down a provision in the Affordable Care Act that stipulated that employers provide health care for their employees that covers all forms of contraception at no cost. The court ruled it violated the private businesses’ freedom of religion.