Public Health Newswire: Supreme Court to Hear Reproductive Rights Arguments Tuesday

Public Health Newswire: Supreme Court to Hear Reproductive Rights Arguments Tuesday

By Dan

On Tuesday, March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will review two cases on coverage of reproductive health care services under the Affordable Care Act. The plaintiffs in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, seek to deny its employees contraceptive health coverage otherwise entitled by federal law, based on religious beliefs.

Both sides have explained their positions publicly:
  • According to Hobby Lobby online, “While the [Hobby Lobby founder David] Green family has no moral objection to providing 16 of the 20 [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]-approved drugs and devices that are part of the federal mandate, providing drugs or devices that have the potential to terminate a life conflicts with their faith”; and
  • The White House administration has stated that “As a general matter, our policy is designed to ensure that health care decisions are made between a woman and her doctor. The president believes that no one, including the government or for-profit corporations, should be able to dictate those decisions to women.” Read the full article here. »

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