by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release
Wednesday, ASRM joined ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Physicians for Reproductive Health and other medical societies in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. .
Our brief objects to a for-profit company seeking a religious exemption to be excused from the ACA’s requirement of including contraception in health care benefits. The brief emphasizes the public health implications at stake and the importance of protecting the provider-patient relationship from outside interference. The brief also provides other examples of health care services that could be affected if the Court allows the employer to avoid the contraceptive coverage mandate (such as coverage for childhood vaccinations).
Rebecca Sokol, MD, MPH, Acting President of ASRM commented, “Contraception is part of basic healthcare for reproductive-age women and the ACA rightly classifies it an essential health benefit. Some of the most effective forms of contraception are the most costly- lack of an insurance benefit for these methods would remove them from the reach of many women for whom they could be the most appropriate. Whether or when to become pregnant are personal decisions a woman will want to discuss with a partner and a physician, but her employer’s religious beliefs should not affect them.”
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, founded in 1944, is an organization of more than 8,000 physicians, researchers, nurses, technicians and other professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive biology. Affiliated societies include the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists. www.asrm.org