Seven private, for-profit companies in Minnesota filed lawsuits to deny their female employees coverage for birth control, and as of November 2014, all of them have won. This means any Minnesota-based employer could claim personally held religious beliefs as a reason to deny their employees certain types of health coverage, including birth control.
All women, no matter where they live or who their boss is, deserve access to basic health care. The good news is, there is something we can do. Representative Erin Murphy (DFL - St. Paul) and Senate President Sandy Pappas (DFL) have proposed the CHEER (Contraception Health Equity and Employee Rights) Act, which would require employer health plans to cover women’s preventive health care, just like men’s.
But, in order to turn these backward decisions around, we need to hear your voice. Let your elected officials know that Minnesota won't stand for discrimination.