Target: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Goal: Condemn Supreme Court Justice for unnecessary delay in birth control law
With the start of the new year, new laws go into effect. One of the laws that was supposed to go into effect this year involved birth control. Specifically, it involved the part of President Obama’s health care policy that would have required religious organizations to offer their employees health care that included access to birth control. A Supreme Court judge decided to issue a temporary stay on the law while the different sides of the issues are heard. This delay is part of a series of delays on this issue – one which cannot afford to be dragged out any further for the sake of people who need immediate access to birth control. Condemn the judge for unnecessarily delaying the implementation of this law.
The reasoning behind the ruling involves an organization of nuns that care for the poor. They insist that merely by authorizing their health care insurers to provide birth control to their employees, their religious rights are being violated. Under the new health care law, they could refuse, but they would have to pay fines.
A person’s health is none of their employer’s business. It is only the business of the patient and their doctor. It is not as if the government is requiring the business itself to hand out birth control. Furthermore, if businesses are allowed to pick and choose and otherwise dictate what medicines or medical procedures their workers can receive, the privacy and rights of patients will be critically deteriorated.
Sign the petition below to ask Justice Sotomayor to move the legislation forward and support access to basic healthcare rights for all individuals in the United States.
Dear Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor,
Recently you decided to delay a much-anticipated health care law concerning employees’ right to privacy in the health care system. The specific law was about the issue of whether or not employers could deny their employees access to birth control because of religious beliefs. You delayed the law so that both sides of the issue could be heard further, but the issue has been heard for a considerable time already and any more delays could adversely affect employees desperately waiting for access to birth control.
This is not a matter of religious rights. It is about the human right to privacy, especially when it comes to health care matters. Employers should not be given the option to opt out of providing birth control—or any other medical service or surgery that a patient and a doctor agree upon. After all, it is not the job of someone’s boss to decide how they should tend to their own private health.
For this reason, the delay was just not unnecessary, but potentially damaging to employees who had hoped to access birth control starting immediately. While a delay might not seem significant to you, it could adversely affect a lot of people who have already had to wait too long to exercise a basic human right.
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