Posted by Social Media Intern Michelle Auster
Today, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases regarding the fight against providing contraception under the Affordable Care Act for two different private businesses. The two business owners believe they should be exempt from contraception mandate of the ACA due to their personal religious beliefs. There likely will not be a decision made until this June, but these cases are already proving to be very high-profile.
The birth control provision in the ACA is about putting health decisions back into the hands of the women who they directly concern. This is not an attack on religious freedom, although people like John Boehner claim it to be so.
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the businesses, then women in the United States are faced with another barrier to access. With birth control still unavailable to many women because of cost, denying healthcare that comes with no out-of-pocket cost would be a serious blow to reproductive rights. Employers should not be allowed to limit access to and hold power over women’s personal healthcare decisions.
“If the Supreme Court decides for bosses rather than for women’s health, far-reaching consequences could result,” said Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center. “Women could find their bosses not only interfering in their private reproductive healthcare decisions, but other care as well.” [X]
If you want to learn more about the fight for reproductive rights and the Affordable Care Act, take a check out this coverage from ThinkProgress.