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Supreme Court Cases on Birth-Control Coverage

Since August 1, 2012, all newly issued health-insurance plans have been required to cover birth control without a copay. This is just one great benefit of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Churches that provide insurance to employees don't have to follow this rule at all. And the Obama administration has issued a compromise for religiously affiliated organizations including universities and hospitals that object to birth control. Women who work for this kind of employer can get birth-control coverage directly from their insurance company. Their employer isn't involved and doesn't pay.

But that's not good enough for some extremists. Bosses at Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, two for-profit companies, oppose birth control and didn't want their health plan to cover it. Their suit went all the way to the Supreme Court, and, unfortunately, they won.

We're deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby. In a 5-4 decision, five male justices sent the message that discrimination against women isn't discrimination.

The "Not My Boss' Business" Act is a strong response from pro-choice members on Congress. If passed, this bill would ban bosses from picking and choosing which guaranteed benefits their employees receive.

Forty-three senators blocked the bill in the Senate. But we won't stop fighting!

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