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May 16, 2016, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today called on the government and the circuit courts to act to preserve no-cost access to contraceptives for employees and students of non-profit religious hospitals, charities, and colleges, among other nonprofit employers, in the wake of today’s Supreme Court’s ruling in Zubik v. Burwell. The court did not rule outright in the case, but instead ordered lower courts to reexamine the challenges and told the parties to attempt a compromise. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The US Supreme Court’s ruling in Zubik v. Burwell to send the case back to the federal circuit courts once again delays certainty on how access to contraceptive coverage will be assured for those who are employed by faith-affiliated nonprofit organizations. National Council of Jewish Women has worked tirelessly on this issue and joined an amicus brief supporting women’s unfettered access to birth control coverage under the health reform law, which we believe is critical to respecting women’s religious liberty. We are disappointed with today’s lack of a conclusive resolution to the case; but remain hopeful as eight of nine circuits had already ruled in the government’s favor upholding such coverage.
“Nevertheless, NCJW continues to urge the US Department of Health and Human Services to stand fast in its efforts on behalf of women in whatever process unfolds. The Supreme Court itself instructed the parties ‘to ensure that women covered by petitioners’ health plans “receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.”’ We are encouraged that this goal remains the standard for resolving this case. NCJW remains committed to affordable access to birth control for all women, no matter what their employer believes, their income, or any other factor.
“Zubik also illustrates the need for the Senate to do its job to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy, by holding hearings and allowing a vote to confirm a ninth justice as soon as possible.”
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