Today, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell. This case is about whether an employer can use their own religious beliefs to make it more difficult, if not impossible, for workers to access essential birth control coverage.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits religious groups to opt-out of the healthcare law’s requirement that employer-provided health insurance cover birth control. All that religious organizations need to do to opt-out is to fill out a simple form.
Today, more than a hundred people gathered together outside the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to show support for abortion access. The rally, organized with the Louisiana Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, aimed to raise awareness about Louisiana’s admitting privileges law and the Whole Women’s Health case which was argued before the Supreme Court today.
As you may have heard, last week — just one week before the Supreme Court hears the Texas case — the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an emergency request by the state of Louisiana to allow a similar law to take effect, leaving Louisiana with only two abortion providers and forcing clinics to close or to stop offering abortion care. The Supreme Court can intervene to keep our clinics open.
A federal judge struck down part of a controversial Louisiana law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges to a hospital with obstetrical and gynecological services that is within 30 miles of the clinic where the abortion is performed.