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Breaking: SCOTUS sides with Hobby Lobby on birth control

June 30, 2014 – This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of two corporations who argued that they should not have to provide insurance coverage for their employees’ birth control (as required by the Affordable Care Act) because of the business owners’ personal religious beliefs.

We are deeply disappointed and troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision released today, allowing closely held corporations the right to exercise their religious beliefs upon their employees’ decisions to use a certain method of birth control. Employers should not be allowed to interfere in their employees’ personal decisions regarding birth control.

This comes just days after another blow to women’s health and rights. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday struck down a Massachusetts law requiring protestors to stand at least 35 feet away from health centers, giving radical anti-women’s health activists a green light to stand between patients and their doctors.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

It is unbelievable that in 2014 we are still fighting about women’s access to basic health care like birth control. If you agree — say so. Just click here now to add your name to the dissent.

BACKGROUND

After decades of discriminatory coverage by insurance companies, the birth control benefit requires all insurance policies to cover birth control with no out-of-pocket cost to women — rightly categorizing birth control as part of women’s basic preventive care.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 30 million women nationally are already eligible for this benefit. When the law is fully implemented, 47 million women nationally will have access to no-copay birth control thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Thanks to the birth control benefit, women already have saved $483 million in the last year alone. Studies also show that women who receive birth control with no co-pay or at a reduced cost are able to avoid more than two million unplanned pregnancies each year, which also reduces the need for abortion. It’s not surprising that the public overwhelmingly supports the birth control benefit by a nearly two-to-one margin.

The five justices who ruled against women today are out of step with most Americans — the public overwhelmingly supports the birth control benefit by a nearly two-to-one margin. Justice Ginsburg spoke for us in her powerful dissent when she said, “[The court’s decision] would deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage.”

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