June 30, 2014
Today’s ruling is an affront to all women and yet another barrier to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women
WASHINGTON — In response to today’s Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. U.S. Supreme Court decision, Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, issued the following statement:
“In part due to the high cost of contraception, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women already have low rates of contraception use. The high court’s decision is an affront to all women and yet another barrier to AAPI women who already face significant health disparities and obstacles to insurance coverage. This decision is a dangerous setback for women’s health and economic security.
“After decades of discriminatory coverage by insurance companies, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) made great gains by requiring insurance companies to cover birth control with no out-of-pocket cost to women. Last year, the share of women with no out-of-pocket cost for the types of contraception covered by ACA increased to 56 percent in 2013 from 14 percent one year earlier. Today’s decision could reverse this hard-won progress.
“Employers shouldn’t get special treatment to get out of complying with the law just because they don’t want to give their employees birth-control coverage. The choice about whether to use birth control, or any health care service, should be between a woman and her doctor — and no employer should be able to take away that right.”
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The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only national, multi-issue Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women’s organization in the country. NAPAWF’s mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls.