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Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles Organizes Hobby Lobby Protest

Hobby Lobby Contraception Protest

What Skeletons Does Hobby Lobby Have in Its Closet?

The Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles is organizing a protest outside of the new Hobby Lobby store in Burbank on Saturday, October 11 from 12:00-2:00 pm. The protest is titled Hobby Lobby & Contraception: What skeletons does Hobby Lobby have in its closet? The store is located at 641 N. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA 91502. Protesters will be located on the sidewalk in front of the Hobby Lobby parking lot.

The protest is hosted by the Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles, a coalition of 60 organizations including NCJW/LA, the ACLU of Southern CA, Planned Parenthood LA, Black Women for Wellness, CA Family Health Council, CA Latinas for Reproductive Justice, CA Women's Law Center, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and others.

The protest aims to raise awareness about Hobby Lobby's discriminatory policy that denies health insurance coverage for certain forms of contraception to its employees. The protest also raises awareness about the Supreme Court's recent decision (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.) to uphold this policy on the basis of religious freedom, under a national law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles believes that this decision discriminates against women, and subjugates not only their health care needs, but also their personal religious freedom, to the religious beliefs of their employers.

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Flyers will be handed out to passers-by with information on other locations patrons can visit to buy Halloween crafts that do not discriminate against their employees' contraceptive and healthcare needs. There will be speakers representing the various organizations of RJCLA as well as college and high school students who will be protesting and speaking. The speakers will speak between 1:00-2:00 pm.

“Contrary to the trend in some other states, California has moved to support and protect a woman’s right to unrestricted birth control in law,” said state Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), author of AB 2348 and SB 1053 which have expanded access to birth control in California. “Hobby Lobby and some other employers want to turn back the clock to a time when birth control was a privilege, not a right, for women. We’re saying that we’re not going back – and Hobby Lobby’s workers shouldn’t be held back, either. Regardless of the Supreme Court decision, it is Hobby Lobby’s chosen policies, not the Constitution, which limit their employees’ family planning options.”

For more information and for all media inquiries about the protest, please contact Maya Paley at 323-852-8536 (work), 818-571-3933 (mobile) or maya@ncjwla.org.

Ruth Dawson
ACLU-SoCal

Hobby Lobby Burbank Protest