WASHINGTON—Today, the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) released the following statements in reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. cases.
“Wrong and dangerous sums up the Court’s decision today,” said Elizabeth Taylor, NHeLP executive director. “Despite the fact that ensuring access to family planning is settled medical practice and solid public policy, the Court has taken the wrong path, essentially allowing select businesses to impose their beliefs on their employees’ health care.”
“This decision lets employers get between women and their doctors,” said Susan Berke Fogel, NHeLP’s director of reproductive health. “Health care must be based on patient need and good medical practice. And yet, the Court has interfered with that by allowing bosses to dictate their employee’s health.”
NHeLP is currently reviewing the decision and will provide more detailed analysis shortly.