Reversal of contraception coverage would hurt Latina health
Today the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act provisions that require contraceptive coverage. Jessica González-Rojas, executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, released the following statement:
“We know that our community overwhelmingly supports contraceptive coverage. We also know that Latinas already struggle to access contraception, leading to higher rates of unintended pregnancy. In fact, young Latinas are the most likely group to skip taking their prescription birth control because they can’t afford it.
“The Affordable Care Act’s expansion of birth control coverage was an important health care win for our community and one the court should uphold. As we outlined in the amicus brief filed jointly by NLIRH and other reproductive health and justice organizations, contraceptive coverage does not ‘substantially burden’ the religious exercise of a for-profit employer.
“It simply defies common sense to allow bosses to use their religious beliefs to dictate how workers spend their earned wages, including health benefits. It’s meddling and it’s wrong. Our deep hope is that the Supreme Court upholds the extension of birth control
within the ACA, making contraception more accessible for Latinas and all women.”
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is the only national organization working on behalf of the reproductive health and justice of the 24 million Latinas, their families and communities in the United States through public education, community mobilization and policy advocacy.