Hillary Clinton: Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is ‘deeply disturbing’


Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby — allowing some companies to refuse to cover employees for specific birth control methods if they conflict with the business owner's religious beliefs — was "deeply disturbing."

Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, said she hopes the court's ruling sparks a "real outcry" across the nation.

"This is a really bad, slippery slope," Clinton said during an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which was sponsored by Facebook and streamed live on the social media network.

“It’s very troubling that a sales clerk at Hobby Lobby who needs contraception, which is pretty expensive, is not going to get that service through her employer’s health-care plan because her employer doesn't think she should be using contraception,” Clinton added.

Clinton, a former secretary of state, was in Aspen, Colo., to promote her new book, "Hard Choices."

"We're always going to argue about abortion," she said. "It’s a hard choice and it’s controversial, and that’s why I'm pro-choice, because I want people to make their own choices.”

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.
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