Press Statement
Women’s Contraceptive Coverage at Stake as U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Seven Cases

“Birth control is basic health care for women. Last year, in a deeply flawed decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some bosses can deny their employees coverage for birth control. Now the Court will hear seven consolidated cases, again attacking birth control coverage, putting access to contraception at risk for even more women.

We believe strongly that no employer should be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from its employees and that the accommodations in the regulations the Obama administration issued are more than adequate.

That the Court is even hearing this case is a painful reminder that women’s reproductive health care remains at terrible risk in this country. In the courts, in Congress, and in the states, extremists have launched relentless, irresponsible and harmful attacks. They must not be allowed to put their ideology ahead of women’s health.

The majority of the lower courts recognized these challenges for what they are: attacks on birth control. The plaintiffs in these cases have their accommodation and do not have to pay for contraceptive coverage, even though it is basic women’s health care. They should not be allowed a complete veto over their employees’ access to birth control coverage. We trust and expect that the Supreme Court will rule decisively in this case in favor of the administration.

Every woman deserves coverage for contraception, regardless of where she works and what views her boss holds. Employers have no business using religion to discriminate. The stakes, for America’s women and families, will be high when the Supreme Court rules in these cases next year.”

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