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Supreme Court Ruling Means Countless Employers Could Deny People Birth Control Coverage

Today, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration’s regulation to drastically expand religious and moral exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement. The following is a statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, a national organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a huge setback for family planning providers and the patients they serve. By allowing virtually any employer to refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptive methods by citing religious or moral objections, hundreds of thousands of people could be left without coverage for birth control without co-pays—threatening their access to this essential health service.

“All people should be able to make the family planning decisions that are best for themselves and their loved ones. The Supreme Court’s decision, which will upend progress toward achieving health care equity, is incredibly disconcerting.

“Making birth control available at no cost under the Affordable Care Act has had a positive impact on contraceptive use and improved the likelihood that people can use the contraceptive method of their choice. The people most impacted if this rule goes into effect will be those with low incomes and those who already face barriers to care, such as Black, Latinx, and Asian American, Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQ people.

“Our efforts to ensure this vital insurance coverage for all patients will not wane. NFPRHA is committed to ensuring family planning coverage for all, regardless of employer, income, or insurance status.”


NFPRHA is a membership organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators nationwide. NFPRHA advances and elevates the importance of family planning in the nation’s health care system and promotes and supports the work of family planning providers and administrators, especially those in the safety net. For more information, visit


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