Official Statement of the SPUSA National Action Committee & SPUSA Women’s Commission
On June 30th, the US Supreme Court granted an exception to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act to Hobby Lobby. This decision effectively bars Hobby Lobby’s predominantly low-wage workers from obtaining IUDs — which are the most effective and expensive form of reversible contraception. The ruling also limits access to emergency contraception on the grounds of religious objections; though medications, procedures and devices related to impotence and erectile dysfunction are still fully covered.
The Supreme Court has sent a strong message to all Americans: the rights of corporate persons trump the rights of female persons. The Women’s Commission of the SP-USA is appalled by this gross violation of a woman’s bodily sovereignty. We oppose the Supreme Court’s ruling and any legislation that limits access to birth control and abortion, for access to contraception is a human right. The Women’s Commission of the SP-USA also opposes the idea of corporate personhood and calls for a universal, socialized healthcare system under which all women would have access to all forms contraception.