For Immediate Release:
July 8, 2020
(Updated: July 8, 2020, 2:21 p.m.)
NEW YORK — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld two Trump-Pence administration rules that allow employers and universities to push their religious or moral beliefs on employees and students by denying them access to insurance that covers birth control.
The Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit expanded contraceptive coverage with no out-of-pocket costs for more than 62 million women, including 17 million Latinas and 15 million Black women. Because of this decision, many more businesses and universities will have the opportunity to opt-out of providing this critical coverage.
Statement from Dr. Ila Dayananda, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York:
Today the Supreme Court upheld a shameful Trump-Pence regulation that allows employers and schools to use their religious beliefs and objections to take away your birth control. Your boss has no business in your sexual and reproductive health care decisions. This regulation will harm thousands of people who already face systemic barriers to quality, affordable health care – especially Latinx and Black women and women with low incomes.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York will not stand for this shameful attack on your bodily autonomy and reproductive health. Our doors are open to everyone across the state, and country, who needs affordable birth control – regardless of where you go to school or who you work for.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) is a leading provider, educator, and advocate of sexual and reproductive health care in New York State. PPGNY offers a wide range of services at its 30 locations across 65% of NYS - including gynecological care; birth control; cancer screenings; pregnancy testing; STI testing and treatment; HIV prevention, testing, and counseling; transgender hormone therapy; and vasectomy. PPGNY is also proud to provide abortion services to anyone who needs compassionate, non-judgmental care. PPGNY is a trusted source of medically accurate, evidence-based information that allows people to make informed decisions about their health and future. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPGNY supports legislation and policies that ensure all New Yorkers have access to the full range of reproductive health services and education.