You may have heard about a new Supreme Court case where the court will decide whether bosses at for-profit corporations (such as at Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts retailer) would be able to deny their employees access to birth control coverage. Read Planned Parenthood Federation of America's White Paper about this case for all the details! >>
Some quick facts:
- At question is whether corporations have the right to deny their employees coverage of medical treatments to which they are entitled by law based on the personal beliefs of the corporation's owners, and whether corporations have the same rights of free exercise of religion as individuals.
- Religious employers, such as churches and houses of worship, are exempt from the requirement to provide the birth control coverage benefit to their employees. For-profit corporations are not granted the same exemption, nor should they be — because women who work at for-profit businesses should be allowed to make medical decisions based on the recommendations of their doctors, rather than having their choices limited because of the personal beliefs of their bosses.
- The decision to include contraception as part of women’s preventive health care is grounded in science. The Obama administration used the Institute of Medicine’s nonpartisan 2011 study recommending that women’s preventive health services include the full range of FDA-approved birth control methods as the guideline for their approach to women’s care.
- Birth control is extraordinarily important to women for all kinds of reasons. It benefits a young woman finishing college or starting a career. It benefits a family struggling to make ends meet. It benefits a woman suffering from endometriosis. It benefits the mothers and fathers who planned
their families and had children when they were ready.
- Virtually all (99 percent) of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 who are sexually active have used birth control at some time.3