This week, the Supreme Court is hearing cases from two for-profit companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, who want a religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring health plans to cover birth control. If the Court rules in favor of the companies, any boss with an objection could potentially limit their employee’s access to birth control based on their own personal beliefs.
As this new video from Planned Parenthood Action Fund explains, this could be disastrous for millions of women all over America. But religious barriers to birth control are actually a problem worldwide. In many countries, major hospitals and clinics are run by faith-based organizations. And though some support family planning and offer comprehensive care, others don’t offer a full array of contraceptive methods—or sometimes any contraception at all—because of religious beliefs.
At PAI, we think every woman should have access to the contraceptive method that works best for her. A woman in a developing country already faces many barriers in accessing family planning: she may walk miles to a clinic, or scrimp and save to afford the method she needs, or face a partner opposed to contraception altogether. Religion is just one more barrier standing in her way.
Birth control is every woman’s right (and no one else’s business) – no matter where she lives or who she works for. We hope the Supreme Court agrees.