AAUW Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Zubik v. Burwell
On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to answer important legal questions in Zubik v. Burwell, a critical case dealing with women’s access to birth control. AAUW is disappointed that women who work for religious nonprofits will continue to lack clarity on their access to contraception. No matter where women work or go to school, they deserve access to health care regardless of their employer’s beliefs. The court opted to send this case and several related ones back to the lower courts. AAUW hopes that the lower courts will rule, as many already have, in favor of access to contraception as guaranteed by law.
AAUW joined coalition partners in a brief supporting contraceptive coverage.
Allowing an employer to refuse to cover certain forms of contraception will reduce women’s access to these health services.
AAUW supports choice in the determination of one’s reproductive life and increased access to health care and family planning services.
AAUW signed on to several amicus briefs opposing these lawsuits and supporting women’s right to accessible contraceptive health care.