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Letter: SCOTUS’ decision leaves women behind


Staff Writer  |  Times-News

Medical decisions should be made between patients and their doctors. Employers should have nothing to do with it. Yet, July 8th’s Supreme Court ruling has allowed employers to push their own religious agenda in the workplace by denying employees coverage for birth control. Now, more than 75,000 people are at risk of losing access to birth control, further reducing healthcare coverage during a global health crisis. Women in every state are at a higher risk for unintended pregnancies without the ability to make reproductive decisions such as family planning and lack the social and economic support to care for a child following delivery.

This abhorrent ruling gives employers far too much control over the health decisions of their employees. It is a blatant attack on American women and their bodies to allow organizations and businesses to overrule personal choice and freedom. It is a blow to our hard-earned progress to advance reproductive rights and access to birth control, which are both basic human rights. Lack of access only furthers racial and socioeconomic health disparities. Without widespread contraceptive coverage, women are left behind.

This decision can’t be allowed to stand. The courts hang in the balance of the November election, so it is crucial to get rid of right-wing demagogues, from Trump to Sens. Tom Tillis and Richard Burr. We need North Carolinians to head to the polls to elect officials who will stand up for the health, empowerment, and rights of everyone, everywhere. We need to #FightforHER.

Sarina Abraham, Elon