Birth Control Court Cases

In February 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule to ensure that all new health insurance plans — except those held by churches and other houses of worship — would include coverage for birth control. More than 45 lawsuits have been filed against this rule. These cases have been filed by both religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. The ACLU has filed friend-of-the-court briefs in several of these cases arguing that companies should not be allowed to use religion to discriminate against their female employees by denying them contraception coverage.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, & Elena Kagan. Photo: S. Petteway

Religious Beliefs Don't "Trump" Women's Equality

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:06am
The imposing columns. The ornate and soaring ceiling. The hushed tone. The Supreme Court feels like a place where justice happens. There is a sense of importance, reverence, and loftiness. I've worked on every reproductive rights case to reach the Supreme Court in the last 15 years, and, as corny as it sounds, it is always thrilling for me to watch a Supreme Court argument. That excitement is what I felt on Tuesday when I was in the courtroom waiting for the Court to hear the Hobby Lobby case, which is a challenge to the federal law that requires health plans to include contraception.
How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

How I'm Celebrating Gloria Steinem's Birthday

By Diana Scholl, Communications Strategist, ACLU at 8:23am

What would happen, for instance, if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? The answer is clear - menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Boys…

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Unsurprising News: A Majority of Americans Support the Contraception Rule

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:24am

The results of a recent Wall Street Journal poll are not surprising. The poll shows that a majority of Americans support the federal contraception rule, which requires health insurance plans to cover contraception without a co-pay, regardless of whether…

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

My Employer Shamed Me for Using Birth Control

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear arguments from companies that want to violate this law. Here is a story from one of the many women whose boss has tried to deny her birth control.

I Can’t Afford to Let My Boss Interfere With My Health Care Decisions

I Can’t Afford to Let My Boss Interfere With My Health Care Decisions

By Alice S.

The Affordable Care Act makes effective birth control more affordable for millions of women by requiring employer-based health plans to include no-cost coverage for contraceptives.  On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear…

Birth Control Goes to the Supreme Court

Birth Control Goes to the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 1:23pm

Today the U.S. Supreme Court accepted for review two cases challenging the federal contraception rule, which requires the inclusion of contraception coverage in health plans. One of the cases was brought by Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts supply chain…

Thanks Birth Control!

Thanks Birth Control!

By Becca Cadoff, Reproductive Freedom Project at 9:57am

Just in time for Thanksgiving, it's time to give thanks to our favorite wingwoman: Birth control.

I am just one of the many, many people who are thankful for birth control. Today on "Thanks Birth Control" Day, let me count the ways:

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Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

Health Food Company Must Provide Employees Health Coverage

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 11:29am

Last week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to preliminarily block the federal contraceptive rule in a case brought by a health food company, Eden Foods. The company argued that the federal rule that requires the inclusion of contraceptive…

Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

Today in Contraception Rule Litigation

By Robyn Shepherd, ACLU at 12:34pm

The past few days have seen a quick succession of events in the continuing legal challenges to the contraception coverage rule. Even close watchers of the over 70 cases that have been filed could be forgiven for struggling to keep up. Today, the DC…

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

Contraceptive Rule Lawsuits Tally: Women Are Winning 2-1, and the Cases Are Headed to the Supreme Court

By Brigitte Amiri, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project at 6:21pm

Soon the Supreme Court could decide whether for-profit employers have the right to discriminate...

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