Today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases involving for-profit corporations’ challenges to provisions in the Affordable Care Act that require employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control.
Eleanor Hinton Hoytt, President and CEO of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, issued a statement to express the organization’s strong objection to the decision:
“We are disheartened to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court has announced today that it will hear arguments in two cases that could decide whether your boss can make birth control decisions for you.
Business owners’ personal religious beliefs should not allow them to deny female employees’ coverage for birth control, an essential preventive care benefit. This is yet another attempt to overturn contraceptive coverage mandated under the Affordable Care Act.
Employers cannot be given the ability to insert themselves in personal decisions that give a woman the right to govern her body. More importantly, a decision in favor of these business owners could have far-reaching implications for a woman’s right to decide on the health care she needs.
We urge the Supreme Court to decide that corporations and business owners, many of whom are owned by men, have NO place in women’s birth control decisions or any other health care decisions.
We hope once and for all that the Court will shift the focus from a never ending cycle of attempts to control women’s reproductive health to affirming that women are endowed with the right to personal health care decision-making.”
The Black Women’s Health Imperative (Imperative) is the only national organization advancing the health and wellness of our nation’s Black women and girls. Through advocacy and public policy, health education and leadership development, the Imperative strives to deepen Black women’s resolve in becoming advocates and informed decision makers to achieve health equity and wellness.