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Challenges to the Birth Control Coverage Benefit

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) guarantees that women receive health insurance coverage for all FDA-approved methods of birth control, sterilization, and related education and counseling without cost-sharing – which means without deductibles or co-pays.  This benefit has been a tremendous step forward for women’s health, removing barriers to critical health care for the over 27 million women who already benefit from it. 

Yet some bosses and politicians are using their own religiously-motivated opposition to birth control to take this benefit away from women.  Over 100 lawsuits have been filed in federal court challenging the ACA’s birth control coverage benefit.  This spring, the Supreme Court will review two cases brought by for-profit companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties

Politicians, too, continue attempts to allow bosses to impose their religious beliefs on women and their families, denying women access to critical health care coverage, and interfering with a woman’s right to make personal health care decisions.

The National Women’s Law Center strongly supports the birth control coverage benefit and opposes these attempts to allow bosses to use religion to discriminate.  A boss’s religious belief should not trump women’s health and access to the health care they need.

Challenges in Court 

At the Supreme Court
In Other Federal Courts

Challenges in State and Federal Legislatures