AAUW Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Zubik v. Burwell

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May 27, 2016

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.

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