Target: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Roberts
Goal: Require all corporations to provide birth control coverage to their employees
In a devastating blow to the health of women across the United States, the Supreme Court ruled that family-owned corporations are not required to provide insurance coverage for contraception if owners feel a religious objection. This unethical decision could deny millions of women across the United States access to basic healthcare, putting them at increased risk for unwanted pregnancy as well as other treatable health issues.
Full coverage of birth control is mandated under the Affordable Care Act, but the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision said that requirement violates companies’ religious freedom. Although the ruling only applied to two Christian companies, it sets a precedent for other for-profit businesses to challenge federal laws that they believe violate their religious liberties, disregarding the beliefs and needs of their employees.
Not only does this allow bosses to make what should be very personal health decisions for their female employees, but it also ignores the many other medical uses of hormonal birth control such as treating irregular or absent periods, menstrual cramps, acne, PMS, endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome. The companies equated offering comprehensive insurance coverage for a variety of contraceptive options, including intrauterine devices and Plan B, to be equivalent to providing abortions. This is scientifically false.
It’s clear that these companies’ objection to birth control is less about religious beliefs than about legislating and controlling female sexuality. As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg pointed out in her passionate dissent, “Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations (Christian Scientists)?”
The Supreme Court has once again ruled against the reproductive rights and health services of women across the United States. From striking down the Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone law to denying women basic healthcare, it’s clear that regulating women’s sexualities is more important to the Supreme Court than ensuring that all women, regardless of income, receive adequate health services.
Urge the Chief Justice to reverse this devastating decision before it can be exploited by other for-profit companies.
Dear Chief Justice Roberts,
The Supreme Court recently decided to put the reproductive rights and basic health needs of women at risk in favor of the so-called religious freedom of for-profit corporations. I urge you to reverse this ruling, which opens the door for other corporations nationwide to deny coverage of contraception and refuse to comply with other federal policies that they find religiously objectionable, to the detriment of employees’ health and basic rights.
The Affordable Care Act mandates that all employers pay for full insurance coverage of birth control, ensuring that all women regardless of income level are able to take their reproductive health into their own hands. Without insurance coverage many of these women will no longer be able to afford birth control, putting them at risk for unwanted pregnancies and various preventable health issues and denying them the right to self-agency.
Don’t let the special interests of family-run, for-profit corporations deprive millions of women across the United States the right to decide for themselves how, when and if they will have children. Reverse the ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
[Your Name Here]
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