Last summer, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the U.S. Supreme Court granted companies the right to disregard federal laws to which the companies' owners have religious objections. The ruling—which specifically allowed companies to opt out of the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate—was outrageous and damaging to women and LGBTQ people. Immediately after the decision came down, Legal Voice and our partners in The Alliance: State Advocates for Women's Rights & Gender E
We are extremely disappointed that today, the United States Supreme Court has given employers license to disregard an important requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—that private insurance plans cover contraceptives without a co-pay. Today's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. allows employers to assert religious objections to opt out of providing this coverage, thus allowing them to stand between women and the essential health care they deserve.