The Supreme Court agreed today to hear a challenge to the Obamacare guarantee that FDA approved contraceptives will be available without co-pays or deductibles. Over 40 for-profit companies have filed lawsuits to exempt themselves from the guarantee claiming it violates their religious beliefs, but we refuse to let them put women’s health on the line. Our founder, Ellie Smeal, said in a release today:
Religion should not be used as a cover for profit-making businesses to discriminate against women, nor should women be held hostage to their boss’ personal religious beliefs. Religious freedom does not mean using your power as an employer to impose your views on others. If the Supreme Court accepts Hobby Lobby’s arguments, it will set a dangerous precedent – allowing your boss to determine what medicines and medical procedures you will have access to. What’s next? Will the Court allow some bosses not to cover blood transfusions, immunizations, or HIV/AIDS treatment because their contrary to their beliefs?
It’s clear: we need to send a message to the SCOTUS that we stand united for this guarantee. We need to establish that women are free to make their own choices.
We’ve launched a letter on Change.Org and will be delivering the signatures directly to the Supreme Court to let them know that women in this nation deserve health coverage that sufficiently fits their needs. Sign it and share your stories with the court – and then share it online using the tag #MyBodyMyBC! Together, we can send a clear message to the SCOTUS that women, and not their bosses, should decide what range of health care options work for them.