On June 30, the United States Supreme Court ignored the science of birth control and the medical needs of women when it sided with for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby. Five justices allowed these companies to deny essential health care that was promised in the Affordable Care Act.
In response to this, Senators Patty Murray and Mark Udall and Representatives Diana DeGette, Louise Slaughter, and Jerry Nadler introduced legislation that restores access to birth control for all women: The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act, known informally as the Not My Boss’ Business Act.
The Not My Boss’ Business Act will make it illegal for any company to deny their workers specific health benefits that are required to be covered under federal law, including birth control. This Act will make it clear that bosses cannot discriminate against their female employees, ensuring equal treatment under the law for the tens of thousands of workers whose coverage hangs in the balance.
Tell your members of Congress today to take action on the Not My Boss’ Business Act! And please spread the message on Facebook and Twitter by downloading and sharing this graphic featuring our board chair Dr. Nancy Stanwood.
In a truly disappointing ruling today, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in favor of a closely held corporation’s right to deny coverage for contraception to employees and their families based on an employer’s personal beliefs.
“Contraception is essential to women’s health and well-being, a critical component of preventive care, and integral to the health of families. We are deeply dismayed that the Supreme Court has placed the personal beliefs of the few ahead of the preventive health needs of the many,” said Physicians for Reproductive Health Board Chair Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH. Read the rest of her statement in our press release.
In January, Physicians, along with three major medical groups representing a wide spectrum of health care providers, filed a brief in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores. An excerpt from the brief:
In short, health care decisions should be made by patients in consultation with their health care providers based on the best interests of the patient. This is possible only when health care providers have the full range of options available to recommend or prescribe in accordance with the individual circumstances of each patient. To allow the personal view of a remote party—the employer of a patient (or the patient’s spouse or guardian)—to play a role in a patient’s medical treatment would undermine the very nature of the patient-provider relationship and would cause wide ranging harms to public health.
For more background on the dangerous impact that this ruling could have on women's health, read our doctors' stories about the vital role that access to affordable contraception can play in women's lives.