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Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Supreme Court Amicus Brief Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

January 28, 2014

The National Women’s Law Center brief, joined by 68 other organizations,  focuses on the rights of the women who would be harmed by for-profit companies refusing to provide coverage of birth control without cost-sharing as guaranteed under the contraception regulations.  It analyzes how the contraception regulations further the government’s compelling interests in women’s health and gender equality.  More specifically, it explains how providing access to the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods without cost-sharing reduces the risk of unintended pregnancy, thereby forwarding the health of women and children; promotes equal access to health care for women; and leads to greater social and economic opportunities for women.  The brief emphasizes that the rights and interests of the women covered by the companies’ health plans weigh heavily against the companies’ RFRA claims and that the Supreme Court has never held that religious exercise provides a license to harm others or violate the rights of third parties as the companies seek to in these cases.   


Reports & Toolkits | The Affordable Care Act: Making Insurance Work

August 28, 2013

This report looks at the ways in which the Affordable Care Act improves insurance coverage, ensuring that premium dollars go towards high quality, affordable, and reliable plans. We will also introduce a few of the millions of Americans who will benefit, and in some cases are already benefitting from, these health insurance reforms.


Fact Sheet | 2013 State Level Abortion Restrictions: An Extreme Overreach into Women’s Reproductive Health Care

January 28, 2014

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion. Yet, anti-abortion state politicians continued to relentlessly attack this right in 2013, in the hopes of overturning Roe and preventing women from obtaining abortions. In 2013, 22 states enacted a total of 70 abortion restrictions – the second highest number of abortion restrictions to become law in a single year.  These state restrictions are a dangerous overreach into women’s personal medical decisions.


Fact Sheet | Ensuring Women Thrive at Work Creates Economic Prosperity for All

November 11, 2013

Recognizing that when women succeed, their families and the economy prosper, some legislative leaders are taking action to create opportunities for women in the workplace. The National Women’s Law Center applauds these efforts because investment in women’s economic security is vital for women and their families.


Fact Sheet | State Politicians Want Bosses to Make Women’s Health Care Decisions

June 14, 2013

State politicians are introducing bills that would allow a boss to trump women's health and women's access to the health care they need by refusing to comply with the birth control benefit of the health care law. These bill sare not about protecting religion. They are unconstitutional attempts to take away women's decision making, threatening women's health and equality.


Fact Sheet | Requiring Crisis Pregnancy Centers to Disclose Limits on Care Is Part of a Long Tradition of Protecting Women’s Decision-making and Access to Reproductive Health Care

April 9, 2013

Women face many obstacles to receiving comprehensive, affordable, quality health care, including when individuals and institutions refuse to provide health care services.   Some even go so far as to refuse to inform women about their health care options or even to notify women that there are certain services or information that they will not provide.  This prevents women from participating fully in their own medical decision-making.  Not only are their rights compromised, their health may be harmed.


More Resources

Fact Sheet | State Bans on Insurance Coverage of Abortion Endanger Women’s Health and Take Health Benefits Away from Women

April 07, 2014

Legal Briefs & Testimony | NWLC Amicus Briefs Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

April 07, 2014

Fact Sheet | What You Should Know About the Birth Control Coverage Benefit and How Bosses Are Going to Court to Take it Away

April 04, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Ryan Budget’s Catastrophic Health Cuts and their Impact on Women

April 02, 2014

Fact Sheet | The Birth Control Coverage Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: An Overview of the Legal Issues

March 19, 2014