The Center is filing friend of the court briefs in lawsuits challenging the federal contraceptive coverage benefit, brought by employers who want to deny their employees this important benefit. These cases involve suits brought under the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. These cases will decide whether a boss’s religious beliefs trump women’s health and women’s access to the health care they need.
The Center’s briefs explain in detail the compelling government interests furthered by the contraceptive coverage benefit. Specifically, requiring plans to provide contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing is critical to women’s health. Requiring no-cost contraceptive coverage also promotes gender equality, addressing gender gaps in the provision of health care and improving women’s social and economic outcomes more generally.