by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 16, Number 29
ASRM has issued the following press statement today in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell cases. In a 5 to 4 decision, the court ruled that closely-held firms like Hobby Lobby are protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The law dictates that an individual's religious expression shouldn't be "substantially burdened" by a law unless there is a "compelling government interest."
American Society for Reproductive Medicine Comments on Hobby Lobby Decision
Statement Attributable to Rebecca Sokol, MD, President
“We profoundly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision today. Simply put, the moral views of a patient’s boss should have no bearing on his or her ability to access needed medical treatments. Allowing an employer to impose their beliefs about reproduction on their staff is simply wrong, particularly when those beliefs are so clearly misinformed on the scientific and medical facts.
The medical facts are clear: contraception saves lives, the use of contraception leads to healthier babies, healthier mothers and lower costs. In no other field of medicine do we allow employers to substitute their judgment for that of patients and physician, it should not be allowed just because the subject matter is reproduction."
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.
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