January 27, 2016 Press Releases and Announcements

DPVA Statement on ‘Hobby Lobby’ Lawyer Announcing Candidacy for Attorney General

by Emily Bolton

January 27, 2016
CONTACT: Emily Bolton, Emily@vademocrats.org


DPVA Statement on 'Hobby Lobby' Lawyer Announcing Candidacy for Attorney General

Today John D. Adams, one of the lawyers who fought at the U.S. Supreme Court to take away women’s health care rights, announced he will seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia at his party's convention. In 2014, Adams argued on the side of Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court, representing Republican members of Congress on the ruling that allows companies to decide who gets birth control.

Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on Adams' candidacy:

"John Adams fought for a principle Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg called a ‘minefield’ that would ‘deny legions of women who do not hold their employers' beliefs access to contraceptive coverage’ during the infamous Hobby Lobby case. In 2013 women rejected candidates who sought to infringe upon their access to health care and Adams’ clear stance echoes Ken Cuccinelli’s dangerous and invasive views that hinder a woman’s right to choose and access to birth control.

"Attorney General Mark Herring has been a tireless advocate for women's health, promoting equality and justice, and working with law enforcement to keep Virginia communities safe. Republicans continue to astound with the candidates they put forward who have fought so publicly against the interests of Virginia women and families.”

John Adams represented Republican members of Congress in Burwell et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc – the case that allows companies to deny basic, preventive health care that Virginia women rely on every day. [Bio, Accessed 1/27/2016]