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SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE WILL HARM YOUNG PEOPLE

Statement from Kierra Johnson, Choice USA Executive Director

“Today’s decision will have far reaching consequences for young people who have benefited greatly from no-copay birth control coverage. For young people, who often face the greatest financial strain from healthcare costs, this decision will surely mean more will be unable to afford critical healthcare.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties have argued that this case was about religious freedom. In reality, this case is about preserving the religious freedom of employers at the expense of taking that freedom away from employees.

This decision jeopardizes the birth-control coverage that millions of working women already rely on, especially for those who work in hourly positions at corporations like Hobby Lobby and may struggle to make ends meet.

This fight is not over. We will continue to make sure that the people who would impose their personal beliefs on others are held accountable and that the law protects our rights for all to decide when, how, and with whom we start our families.”

 

BACKGROUND:

Choice USA envisions a world where all people have agency over their own bodies and relationships and the power, knowledge and tools to exercise that agency. Choice USA builds this vision by engaging young people in creating and leading the way to sexual and reproductive justice for all by providing training, field mobilization and national leadership for a youth-driven agenda.