Posted on November 9, 2015 Issues: Birth Control Health Care & Reproductive Rights

(Washington, D.C.) The Supreme Court just announced it will hear arguments in all of the challenges to the birth control benefit of the Affordable Care Act that it had pending before it. The birth control benefit guarantees women insurance coverage of the full range of birth control methods without any out-of-pocket costs.

In these cases, the Supreme Court will consider the question of whether the birth control accommodation violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The accommodation allows certain employers and universities to exclude the birth control benefit from their health insurance plans, while ensuring that women get the coverage directly from their insurance company. Some employers and universities have challenged the accommodation, arguing that women who work for them or attend their schools should not have any insurance coverage of birth control because it violates their religious beliefs.

The following statement is from Gretchen Borchelt, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women’s Law Center:

“Women deserve insurance coverage of birth control no matter where they work or go to school. The birth control benefit has been a game changer for women—in just one year, the benefit saved women over $1 billion and advanced their well-being. Now 55 million women are eligible for this essential coverage. It’s unfair and harmful for some employers and schools to use their religious beliefs to deny women vital health care that also makes them more economically secure. The Supreme Court must stop these efforts to undermine women’s health and ensure that women continue to have the seamless access to birth control that they are entitled to under the law.”

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Contact: Maria Patrick ([email protected]) or 212-588-5180

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