Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Supreme Court’s ruling that employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for insurance coverage for contraception “deeply disturbing.”
Clinton was speaking at a Facebook Live session at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
“I obviously disagree,” Clinton said, “I obviously disagree … I disagree with the reasoning as well as the conclusion.”
During her remarks on the topic, Clinton said “this element” is seen in foreign countries where women are deprived of rights. “Among those rights is control over their bodies, control over their own health care, control over the size of their families,” she said. “It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism.”
Clinton later brought in her own experiences as secretary of state to slam the court’s ruling.
“Part of the reason I was so adamant about including women and girls in our foreign policy, not as a luxury but as a central issue, is because they’re often the canaries in the mine,” Clinton said. “You watch women and girls being deprived of their rights, some of them never have them, some of them lose them. Among those rights is control over their bodies, control over their own health care, control over the size of their families. It is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism. Where women and women’s bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people — men — to get them to behave in ways that are disadvantageous to women but which prop up them because of their religion, their sect, their tribe, whatever. So to introduce this element into our society… 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.”