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Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) Comments on Hobby Lobby Decision



Statement from Wayne C. Shields, President and CEO

For Immediate Release
June 30,  2014

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court endorsed inappropriate corporate control over personal contraceptive decisions that should only be made by employees and their health care providers. On behalf of the 12,000 health care professionals represented by ARHP, I am outraged by today’s misguided ruling that treats companies like individual citizens and grants them the right to interfere in employee clinical decisions. ARHP’s position is that everyone should have access their contraceptive method of choice, based on informed decision-making, the latest science, and respect for individual autonomy. While contraception is basic health care with many demonstrated benefits, its cost is often beyond the financial reach of many Americans. By excluding birth control from their health care plans, employers like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood are imposing a tremendous financial burden, often up to $600/year, on hourly and minimum wage employees. The Supreme Court is simply wrong to allow employers to interject their moral views into the health care decisions and personal lives of the people who work for them.

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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.