The Obama administration and opponents of it are calling back once again the battle between employers providing health care and women’s rights to birth control. Family owned companies with religious values are opposed to their health care covering birth control for women who need it.
It has been two years since the law was enacted by just one single vote and the issue is now being renewed. Contraceptives were to be covered by the law’s preventive care requirement. Almost 50 companies have sued, not wanting to pay for it at all. Other companies are alright with providing birth control but not anything that would work after an egg is fertilized.
The largest company among those suing is Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., a family based company that also owns a chain of evangelical Christian book stores (Mardel). They said that their, “religious beliefs prohibit them from providing health coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices that end human life after conception.”
If the companies were to win, it would not only be about what they could or couldn’t afford, but it would mean that women do not have a say about what is best for their health.
Marcia Greenberger, the co-president of the National Women’s Law Center said, “women already have an income gap. If these companies prevail, they’ll have a health insurance gap, too.”
The court is considering two “morning-after” emergency contraceptives, ella and Plan B, as well as two IUD’s. 85 percent of large American companies provided the coverage for their employees even before the law made it a requirement.
Families like the Green’s behind Hobby Lobby, do not want to support something they do not believe in. Women employees working under families like the Green’s want to be able to make the decisions regarding what is right for them.
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