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November 6, 2015 / Press Releases

U.S. Supreme Court Must Lay ACA Contraceptive Coverage Issue to Rest, Says NARAL Pro-Choice America


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November 6, 2015

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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in all seven cases requesting review by the high court that challenge no-cost contraceptive services included in the Affordable Care Act’s preventative-service coverage requirements.  This includes cases brought by Geneva College, Priests for Life, Little Sisters of the Poor, and others.

Said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America:

“The Affordable Care Act has given millions of American women access to birth-control coverage without a co-pay and, with it, the ability to make their own medical decisions and determine their own destinies. This case could undermine one of the greatest advancements for women’s health in a generation, by sanctioning discrimination over a family-planning service used by over 99 percent of women at some point in their lives.

“The Supreme Court needs to lay this issue to rest once and for all by refusing to grant any discriminatory exceptions to the rights of women in this country, including their own religious freedom. We will not tolerate any institution exercising control over women’s bodies or forcing any individual to adhere to another’s religious beliefs. This isn’t a debate, it’s the law and the Court should rule in favor of protecting this critical health care benefit.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans. NARAL works to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

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