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FORCE Weighs In on SCOTUS Oral Contraception Cases

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Overview

In March 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two cases about birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA mandates coverage of several preventative services with no cost sharing, one of which is birth control. In these cases, the companies asserted that the mandate infringes on their religious rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This is a women's health issue for our community, as oral contraceptives have been shown to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. FORCE joined the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and others in submitting an amicus brief on this issue. 

On July 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled—based on the Hobby Lobby and the Conestoga Wood cases—that some family-owned or other closely held businesses can opt out of the federal requirement to pay for contraceptives in health coverage for their workers.

Oral contraception has uses beyond birth control. FORCE supports oral contraceptive coverage as this class of drugs is one of the only nonsurgical options for decreasing a women's risk of ovarian cancer. Visit the Ovarian Cancer Chemoprevention section of the FORCE website,  National Women's Law Center or the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance for more information on this topic.

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