For Minnesotans, Hobby Lobby is becoming a reality. Recently, two U.S. District Court decisions in Minnesota have ruled that for-profit corporations’ group health insurance plans do not have to cover birth control. This ruling will allow Minnesota companies to discriminate against women and deny their employees access to birth control coverage.
It is unbelievable that in 2014, we're still fighting over whether women should have access to birth control. When the Supreme Court decided that bosses can deny women birth control coverage based on their religious beliefs in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it set a dangerous precedent. But now, this precedent is becoming a reality.
At Planned Parenthood, we won't stand for moving the rights of women backward. Discrimination against women should be out of style, not on the books.
Will you join us in moving Minnesota forward?
Call on the Minnesota Legislature to pass the CHEER (Contraceptive Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act right away. The CHEER Act will prevent companies in Minnesota from discriminating against their female employees by denying them preventive health care.
Sign this petition to move Minnesota forward. Let your elected officials know that women deserve birth control coverage, no matter their employer’s religious beliefs.
ALLIE CARLSON-STEHLIN, MINNESOTA PUBLIC AFFARIS MANAGER