The Supreme Court today ruled in line with the Trump Administration that your employer or university can deny covering birth control based on "religious or moral objection."
BREAKING: The Supreme Court just sided with the Trump administration, ruling your employer or university can deny y… https://t.co/w2npsiXpnB— ACLU (@ACLU)1594219516.0
This is a move that severely undermines President Obama's Affordable Care Act which, although allowing places like churches and synagogues be exempt from the birth control mandate, did not exempt religiously affiliated organizations from the mandate.
The New York Times reports that, "As a consequence of the ruling, about 70,000 to 126,000 women could lose contraceptive coverage from their employers, according to government estimates."
That is a massive amount of women who are being prevented from getting contraceptive options under their insurance. A decision like this has vast implications on women's health and rights as opposed to the rights of religiously affiliated employers.
Many are already sharing their opinions about the move on social media.
Viagra: covered by insurance. Birth control pills: up to the employer ⬇️⬇️ https://t.co/e0BWDJGhMu— Sarah Silverman (@Sarah Silverman)1594235613.0
The Supreme Court’s ruling to let employers deny birth control coverage is an attack on basic health care. It’s als… https://t.co/kI6KDNOjRo— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1594223747.0
Today’s ruling is especially cruel because it will have the most negative impact on those who already face barriers… https://t.co/amNsebtdKZ— National Women's Law Center (@National Women's Law Center)1594223963.0
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who along with fellow Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the opinion — was quoted by NPR saying, "Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree."
The Supreme Court passed this ruling in a 7-2 majority vote, which included Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh.