The Supreme Court’s contraception ruling and its effect on workers
Updated: Jul 25
BY: Giordano Proulx
Over the past several weeks, the Supreme Court has seemed to be working at breakneck speed, providing a multitude of rulings on topics such as a large part of Oklahoma’s land being utilized as a Native American reserve, President Trump needing to show his tax records, and corporations and universities being capable of opting out of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control initiative on religious or moral grounds. Of the three rulings, the most crucial to the American people is most certainly the Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
On Wednesday, July 8th, the Supreme Court ruled in a 7 to 2 decision, that employers as well as universities were allowed to withhold from providing contraception as a part of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate. More specifically, such institutions are allowed to refuse providing contraception on the basis of religious or moral grounds. The two dissenting opinions in the matter were Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, with Justice Ginsburg writing: "Today, for the first time, the Court casts totally aside countervailing rights and interests in its zeal to secure religious rights to the nth degree,". This new ruling is thought to affect anywhere from 70 000 up to 126 000 women, who’s access to contraception may now be at risk. With many women fearing losing their access such services, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro also stated: "This approach, balances the employers' sincere religious belief with the health of their female employees." Furthermore, a number of states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey fear that the burden will now fall upon state governments to cover the costs of providing contraception. On the other hand, women across America are now stuck scrambling for any other social service which may be capable of providing addressing such an important need.
On the other hand, John Bursch, a lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom has stated: “The government has no business forcing pro-life and religious organizations to provide drugs and devices that can destroy life.” Hence, the issue of contraception coverage and more widely with regards to social services has clearly become a fundamental issue between left and right, Democrats and Republicans.
The ruling comes as a big win to President Trump, who in recent weeks, has shown discontent with the courts siding against him on several occasions. In fact, it is a major step for Trump’s dismantling of one of Obama’s major accomplishments while in office. With the elections around the corner, one is left to wonder what voters will make of such important rulings as this one.
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