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Supreme Court Rules Against Contraceptive Mandate

June 30, 2014

Today the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the much anticipated Hobby Lobby case. In a 5-4 split decision the Supreme Court ruled that “closely-held corporations” did not have to comply with the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act if that coverage would violate their religious beliefs. This ruling that allows bosses to use their own religious beliefs to deny women access to affordable birth control is a loss for women around the country.


Robert Walker, the Population Institute President, issued the following statement in response to the ruling. “We are deeply disappointed in today’s decision. Reproductive health care decisions should be between a women and her doctor. Bosses have no business dictating whether or not women who work for them have access to affordable birth control. The fight is not over. We will continue to work to ensure that every woman no matter where she lives has access to affordable birth control.”

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