Whoa. Did you see the terrible news today? The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled today that some bosses can make your birth control decisions for you.
Today's ruling was a huge slap in the face to women and moms.
Do you know who uses birth control? Moms use birth control! That's right, contrary to public discussion, moms use birth control. In fact, 99% of women, including moms, use birth control at some point in their lives.
(Side note: The average family size would be much, much larger than two children if most moms weren't using birth control!)
Reliable birth control that permits women to control how many children to have, and when to have them, has been nothing short of revolutionary—not just for women and mothers, but for our country as a whole. It's improved the health of women and their families, as well as given women and mothers increased access to economic and political power unlike any other time in history.
What's at stake is tremendous: Women's and mothers' self-determination, economic security, health, personal freedom, and the ability to, for example, get an education and/or to start a career prior to having children.
What was at stake in this case was whether for-profit corporations get to decide what health decisions and medications, including contraceptive care, workers can choose under their healthcare plans based on the religious beliefs of employers (and not of employees)!
Frankly, your boss shouldn't be able to decide whether you get access to birth control coverage or not — particularly since 99% of women, including moms, use birth control at some point in their lives.
Birth control is a vital part of women’s healthcare and is covered by health plans without copays or deductibles under the regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act, allowing a woman and her doctor—not her boss or Washington politicians—to decide what’s best.
Empowering corporate CEOs to deny coverage of health benefits as the U.S. Supreme Court did today is a major step backward. And we need to raise our voices to turn this around. The more of us who speak up, who sign on, the bigger the impact we'll have together.
Let's not forget: Over 80% of American women have children by the time they're 44-years-old. And yes, for those who are still doubting, birth control really does matter to moms. The economic security and health of mothers and families across our nation are dependent on mothers' ability to control how many children to have, and when to have them. Frankly, just providing the basics for one child requires a lot of money. For example, just a year of childcare costs more than college in many states! In fact, in 2010 it cost $226,920 on average for a middle-income, two-parent family to raise one child from birth to age 18. That's not including college.
This pushback against access to birth control has got to stop.
Please take a moment now to forward this email to friends and family - and to post the action link on Facebook and Twitter. The more of us who make our voices heard, the bigger the impact we'll have together.
*Here's that link again to take action and share: http://action.momsrising.org/letter/FixHobbyLobbySCRuling/
Thank you for being there with us on this!
P.S. Check out what Nuns on the Bus have to say about today's ruling (it may not be what you think!): http://www.momsrising.org/blog/war-on-nuns-hobby-lobby-scotus-and-nuns-on-the-bus