Target: US Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Goal: Overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling that allows employers to restrict female employees’ access to insurance coverage for contraceptive care because of their religious beliefs
Corporations now have the right to selectively discriminate against women by refusing to cover the cost of contraceptives as a part of health insurance policies, thanks to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
In the case Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby SCOTUS ruled 5 to 4 in favor of the American company, owned by an evangelical Christian family from Oklahoma. This ruling means that a family-owned company may be exempt from guidelines set in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including ones which state that insurance providers must cover contraceptives which some conservative Christians equate with abortion (despite the fact that their intention is to prevent rather than terminate a pregnancy).
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated in her dissent, “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” These words reflect the apparent breadth of the ruling which essentially allows companies to exercise their “sincerely held religious beliefs” (even those not backed by science) and to “opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible [with those beliefs].” As Justice Ginsburg writes, the current coverage provided by the ACA “…helps safeguard the health of women for whom pregnancy may be hazardous, even life threatening. And the mandate secures benefits wholly unrelated to pregnancy, preventing certain cancers, menstrual disorders, and pelvic pain.” Instead, companies now have the right to decide for women whether or not their insurance will cover such services.
Denounce SCOTUS’ decision and call on Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to recognize how these actions negatively impact women. Let SCOTUS know that you do not approve of systematic discrimination towards women and that it is unconstitutional to allow employers’ religious beliefs to influence their employees’ right to fair health care.
Dear Chief Justice Roberts,
The recent Supreme Court ruling in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, that companies can use their personal morals under the guise of religious freedom to control the lives of others, is nothing less than absurd. This ruling opens the floodgates for “sincerely held religious beliefs” to influence health coverage decisions regardless of state of the art medicine or scientific studies.
Not only is restricting coverage for women’s health care a heinous act of sexism, it is yet another example of corporations getting special privileges over the rights of individuals. Yet while corporations are not people, women are. Freedom of religion should apply to personal decisions and cannot–must not–be used by corporations to control the health outcomes of others.
I urge you to heed the outcry of the American people in response to the Court’s ruling in this case. Please overturn this discriminatory ruling which hurts American women and helps no one.
[Your Name Here]
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