This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and State of New Jersey that employers can control what birth control people can access.
Dr. Kristyn Brandi, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, responded with the following statement:
“Today’s Supreme Court decision lets stand harmful Trump administration rules weakening access to birth control. As a result of today’s ruling, a person could lose birth control coverage simply because their boss has a personal religious objection to it.
Contraception is health care and we must work to restore this essential coverage.
“As an ob/gyn providing the full spectrum of reproductive health care, I see every single day how contraception is a critical part of our collective health and wellbeing. Today’s decision is especially egregious coming amidst a global pandemic and economic uncertainty.
“I am deeply concerned for my patients who could lose coverage and be unable to afford their birth control because of today’s ruling and know that my patients with low-wage jobs and others struggling to make ends meet, disproportionately people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ people, will suffer. Contraception is health care and we must work to restore this essential coverage.”