Thursday, April 26, 2018
Politics

Rep. Castor rallies for bill overriding court's contraception ruling

TAMPA -- U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor joined about a dozen women's rights advocates Monday in downtown Tampa to rally support for a bill overriding the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month allowing some companies to opt out of providing insurance for contraception on the basis of religious freedom.

Dressed in bright pink T-shirts and carrying signs that read, "I'm the boss of my body," members of Planned Parenthood of Southwest & Central Florida lined up behind Castor as she spoke in favor of legislation she co-sponsored that's dubbed "Not My Boss's Business Act."

The bill would "return the legal guarantee to women and allow them to control their own lives," said Castor, D-Tampa, at the rally in Lykes Gaslight Square Park.

Senate Republicans have blocked the bill from being taken up.

Becky Killick, regional field director for Planned Parenthood in the area, told supporters to reach out to their Congressional representatives and encourage them to back the bill if it's reintroduced.

"I can't believe in 2014 we're still fighting for something as basic as birth control," Killick said.

Contact Liz Crampton at [email protected] or (813)-226-3401. Follow @liz_crampton

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