Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, released this statement today regarding the Supreme Court’s divided ruling that some corporations can cite religious objections and opt out of the requirement to cover contraceptives for women under the Affordable Care Act:

“It’s my responsibility as a lawmaker to make sure my constituents have safe, affordable access to contraception. Whether that’s something that can be addressed at the state level in a regulatory manner by the state insurance commissioner or something that requires action by the Legislature, that’s what we need to determine.

“Only a year ago, legislation was proposed here in Washington to allow businesses to deny services or sales to someone on the basis of religious belief, and that legislation rightfully failed to advance. I disagreed with that premise then and I disagree with it today.

“In this state, religious objections to access to contraceptives should not be used to trump a woman’s ability to make decisions about the health of her own body and to access health care options that are appropriate for her needs.”