Contraception Concerns?: If You Work For A For-Profit Company And Your Access To Birth Control Is Threatened, AU Wants To Hear From You

The Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, met with immediate outrage from the Religious Right and the Catholic bishops. These groups, unsatisfied with generous religious exemptions to the law, are demanding broader loopholes that are tantamount to a radical redefinition of religious liberty.

Houses of worship are wholly exempt from the mandate, and accommodations have been made for many religious non-profits. But for-profit corporations want the courts to extend those exemptions to them, too. Represented by outfits like the Becket Fund and the Alliance Defending Freedom, owners of secular companies have filed dozens of challenges to the law.

Now, the Supreme Court is set to hear two such challenges to the contraception mandate. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, both secular, for-profit companies owned by conservative Christian families, are asking the highest court in the land to allow them to seriously impede their employees’ fair access to contraception coverage.

At AU, we disagree. We’ve consistently told the courts that secular corporations don’t exercise religion. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods are asking the Supreme Court to elevate their beliefs over the medical needs of their employees. True religious liberty should never come at the cost of someone else’s rights.

AU’s executive director, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, said, “The Supreme Court needs to make it clear that religious freedom is not a battering ram to use against individual rights.”

He added, “The question before the court is simple: Does the owner of a secular corporation have the right to impose his religious views onto his employees? And the answer is equally simple: No.”

Our legal team has filed dozens of briefs in support of the contraception mandate because we believe it’s important to safeguard workers’ access to birth control. We have actively opposed challenges brought by Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Woods, Eden Foods and others.  

But now, we’d like to hear from those most directly affected by these lawsuits.

If you work for Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Woods, Eden Foods or any other company that is challenging the contraceptive mandate and you’re worried about your ability to obtain contraception coverage, we want to hear from you. Your information will be kept strictly confidential: it won’t go to your employer or to the media. Your story stays with us.

Our confidential submission form is now available online. A member of AU staff will be in touch with you shortly after we receive your submission in order to decide how we can best protect your interests.

We hope you’ll give us the opportunity to continue safeguarding your rights.