Opinion: Supreme Court Ruling on Birth Control

Wednesday, July 8th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing employers to opt-out of the Affordable Care Act's mandate on birth control. This decision upholds President Trump's administration on the right to express one's religion and moral obligations. Many organizations such as The Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious right-leaning groups rejoiced over this decision with a 7 - 2 ruling. However, estimated by the National Women's Law Center, over 61.4 million women access birth control with the Affordable Care Act. At the same time, now this may be jeopardized for a significant amount of women.

With this decision, it completely takes away the rights of women and undermines their health coverage. I find this to be disgraceful, especially during a global health crisis. The Supreme Court neglected uphold the justice of the American people. This ruling is cruel to those who already face barriers to health care, such as LGBTQ workers, low-wage workers, and people of color. Justice Ginsburg, a known fighter for women's rights, wrote: "This court leaves women workers to fend for themselves, to seek contraceptive coverage from sources other than their employer's insurer, and, absent another available source of funding, to pay for contraceptive services out of their own pockets." Women should never have to be responsible for contraceptive coverage. Birth control is one of the medications that will be gone, and this medication has many more purposes other than an unwanted pregnancy. For instance, women with illnesses such as polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, and amenorrhea are all prescribed hormonal birth control to help ease symptoms. No employer should have authority in what a woman takes for her health. This ruling affects not just women's health, but nonbinary people and men on birth control as well. All in all, this decision should never be up to someone besides the person taking the medication.

In the argument for more access to family planning contraceptives, the Supreme Court’s decision overall will affect all of society. Funding family planning is a significant part in preventing unwanted pregnancies. By doing so, we can overall help the betterment of the social and economic economy of the United States. Without access to birth control, many women may have to stay home with their children, thus causing them not to work. Younger women who aren't sexually active yet may even have to wait back from school because of the pain they experience with PMS symptoms. Both of these examples may seem insignificant to the larger picture, but this will subsequently affect the mental and physical well being of each woman. This is a setback for the feminist movement, and it clearly shows how America prioritizes their beliefs.

During a time when many lost their jobs due to a global health risk, the Supreme Court helped absolutely no one by letting employers dictate their employer's health decisions. I am genuinely astonished at the vast amount of those who believe that religion should play a role in politics. You have the freedom to decline any medication that you feel conflicts with your moral standings but never the right for others.



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