Birth Control: We All Benefit
Women's preventive care — including birth control — is basic health care. This shouldn't be a revolutionary idea, but unfortunately it is to some, and in the past few years, birth control has become increasingly politicized.
Despite the fact that 99 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some point, and a majority of Americans (70 percent) believe insurance companies should cover the full cost of birth control, just as they do for other preventive services, some are choosing to focus on chipping away at a women’s access to birth control.
What started as a fight led by politicians has now been joined by for-profit companies. In a deeply troubling decision for women's health care and reproductive rights, in early July the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that some employers who personally believe birth control is wrong have the power to deny legally mandated health care coverage of it for their employees. The ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (previously Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius) and Conestoga Woods v. Sebelius grants bosses at two companies a religious exemption to the part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that covers birth control without copay. In addition to those companies, least 82 for-profit employers are challenging the ACA's birth control mandate so that they, too, can deny the benefit to their employees.
The Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case could set a dangerous precedent for millions. It's time for people to speak up and be heard.
It’s time to remind them that with birth control, we all benefit. Take Action.
Birth control has benefited Americans across the country, and it's so important that we ensure that birth control be available at no cost to every woman, no matter where she works. Read stories submitted by people from all across the country on how birth control has beneifited them.
There’s quite a bit of misinformation about birth control floating around. Do you know the facts about birth control?
There are more than 40 for-profit companies suing the federal government so that they don't have to include expansion of birth control access to their employees. Find out who they are.
UPDATED JUNE 30, 2014: The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it is taking up cases brought by two for-profit corporations that have claimed they have a right to deny their employees birth control under their health insurance plans: Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores with 21,000 employees, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet manufacturer. Read More
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