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Central Texas advocates react to SCOTUS ruling allowing employers to deny birth control coverage

Posted at 8:11 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 21:14:49-04

A new ruling by the Supreme Court could affect hundreds of thousands of women who rely on birth control.

The high court ruled employers will no longer be required to provide birth control coverage as part of their health plans if employers and universities have moral or religious issues with contraceptives.

"We already had so much stress having to get our insurance through our employer anyway, this is gonna add yet another layer of uncertainty, cost and a burden for women trying to get coverage," said pro-choice advocate Cheryl Foster.

According to the National Women's Law Center, more than 61.4 million women rely on birth control services. That roughly costs employers around $1.4 billion annually.

"I don't believe that my employer should have to be responsible for my decision that I make in my personal life. Being forced to provide a coverage that in essence goes against what you believe, absolutely is a very difficult place to be in," said Senior Pastor Derrick Watley with Mighty Wind Worship Center.