Birth control protects women’s health, it helps women plan their families and it allows them to participate in the workforce and pursue an education. In other words, it is critical to their health and equality. That’s why the Affordable Care Act ensures that women have access to contraception.
But religion has long been used to justify limiting access to – or even information about – birth control; the attacks on the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit are no exception.
The Trump administration created a sweeping religious exemption for employers and universities that refused to provide their employees and students with insurance coverage for contraception. Now any corporation or university can use religion as an excuse to deny women access to birth control. That’s discrimination, plain and simple.
Religious freedom is a fundamental American value. So is a woman's right to make her own decisions about health care. Americans United will continue to fight for both.