NASW Supports Women’s Access to Birth Control

Mar 23, 2016

National Association of Social Workers Senior Field Organizer Dina Kastner (left) and Senior Practice Associate Rita Webb at the U.S. Supreme Court event on March 23 to push for women's right to birth control in their health care coverage.

National Association of Social Workers Senior Field Organizer Dina Kastner (left) and Senior Practice Associate Rita Webb at the U.S. Supreme Court event on March 23 to push for women’s right to birth control in their health care coverage.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Zubik v. Burwell, to support the right of all employees to access health care without discrimination, even while accommodating their employer’s religious beliefs.

The U.S. Supreme Court today reviewed challenges to the “accommodation” of the ACA’s birth control benefit. At stake is whether employers can use their religious beliefs to make it more difficult for women to access essential birth control coverage, and by extension, potentially discriminate against other groups.

NASW and other organizations participated in a Twitter rally and a presence at the court today. Several members of Congress addressed the group including Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO-1), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23), Mike Quigley (D-IL-5), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8). They expressed their support for a woman’s right to birth control.

NASW promotes self-determination and this court case speaks to the need to protect an individual’s right to make choices for their own reproductive health.

For more information on this issue contact NASW Senior Field Organizer Dina Kastner at dkastner@naswdc.org.

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