Contraception is a core preventive health service for women, including bisexual women and lesbians, for treating endometriosis, related pelvic pain and other health problems as well as for preventing pregnancy. Coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptives was guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act.
Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the right of individuals to access birth control despite the opposition of some religious sects. Since then, mainstream attitudes have changed. But fundamentalist religious views about reproductive health and sexuality still influence our politics and law.
In its Citizens United ruling that corporations have free speech rights that can trump campaign finance laws, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially agreed with the worldview Mitt Romney espoused on the campaign trail: “Corporations are people, my friend.” We may soon feel further reverberations of that worldview.
The U.S. Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that FDA-approved contraception be among the basic preventive health care services included in insurance coverage for employees.
This morning, March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two cases brought by for-profit corporations demanding special exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that large employers provide comprehensive health insurance for their workers.
Lambda Legal filed a brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject efforts by for-profit companies to block employee health insurance coverage for contraception as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The companies’ owners claim birth control violates their religious beliefs.