Supreme Court Ruling on Birth Control Will Cause Harm to Women

Supreme Court Birth Control

Why do a bunch of old white men continue to attempt (and succeed) in controlling a woman’s vagina and child planning?

The Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to allow employers and colleges to opt out of providing free birth control coverage.

In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration that the Affordable Care Act gives the government authority to create the religious and moral objections.

The decision reverses Obamacare policies that expanded access to contraception, and will now force many students, who have health insurance, to pay out-of-pocket for their birth control. The Trump administration joined the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Roman Catholic nuns that had fought the contraceptive requirement since it was first imposed.

Reproductive rights advocates fear the ruling will disproportionately impact marginalized students who already have trouble obtaining contraceptive care.

“Today’s ruling is egregious — people rely on birth control for their health, for their livelihoods, and for their ability to determine their own futures,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Ilyse Hogue, president of the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America agreed and said reproductive freedom is in peril.

“The Supreme Court’s decision to allow the Trump administration to put control over people’s birth control in the hands of the whims of their bosses and employers is deplorable,” said Hogue.