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For Immediate Release

NARAL Statement on Zubik v. Burwell


Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement in advance of today's oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell. This case challenges the critical contraceptive coverage benefit included in the Affordable Care Act, which has made birth control far more accessible to countless women across the country:

"Here we go again. Once again opponents of the Affordable Care Act are suing the government in order to roll back the historic law that has expanded access to health care for millions of Americans and provided most women in this country access to birth control coverage without a copay.

"Today, the Supreme Court faces a choice. Either we will empower women and families by once again standing up for the Affordable Care Act or we will roll back coverage that women are entitled to by law. Women must be empowered to make our own decisions about our bodies-- it is not only a fundamental right but also vital to our economic success. No one should have to ask their boss for permission to get the health care they need. Period. We hope that the Supreme Court will agree with that simple statement."

For over 50 years, Reproductive Freedom for All (formerly NARAL Pro-Choice America) has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. Reproductive Freedom for All is powered by its more than 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.