No birth control coverage for certain employees after Supreme Court ruling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — If you work for certain companies, your birth control may not be covered thanks to a Supreme Court ruling.

Certain corporations are now allowed to refuse contraceptive coverage to their employees for religious reasons.

The decision was far from unanimous. The vote was 5-4, and the court wants to make it clear that this does not apply to all companies. It just applies to corporations, like Hobby Lobby, that are under the control of just a few people.

Hobby Lobby and another company sued the government over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. A provision requires companies with more than 50 workers to provide comprehensive health coverage or pay a fine. That coverage includes birth control.

Memphis resident Laura Lee Haygood said the ruling is something she supports.

“If the company doesn’t agree with that, with the day-after pill, I don’t feel like they should be able to force them to do that,” she said.

Monday, the Supreme Court ruled Hobby Lobby and companies like them are protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It protects an individual’s right to religious expression.

Some, like Haygood, believe the cost of birth control should go to the person taking it, not the company. However, others think, in protecting the rights of a company, the Supreme Court is treading on the rights of women.

“Everything’s changing now to fit the employers, but what about the people?” Memphis resident Rodney Morton asked. “Don’t the people mean anything still?”

The president’s administration already made non-profits with religious affiliations exempt from providing contraceptive coverage to employees.


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