“The fact that the CEOs of these corporations wrongly believe that some birth control methods are a form of abortion is just further support for the fact that we’re all better off when we leave medical decisions to a woman and her doctor, not her boss or politicians,” Richards said on the conference call on Thursday.
However, according to the packaging on Plan B “emergency contraceptive,” the information states: “This product works mainly by preventing ovulation (egg release). It may also prevent fertilization of a released egg (joining of sperm and egg) or attachment of a fertilized egg to the uterus (implantation).”
The court will hear 90 minutes of oral arguments on Tuesday on two cases – Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Seblius – to decide if the government has the authority to require private businesses to provide birth control, including abortifacients, to their employees as required by the Affordable Care Act.
During the conference call, Richards said the cases are about discrimination against women and compared them to a recent Arizona bill that, if signed into law, would have allowed business owners to act according to their religious beliefs when deciding whether or not to provide services to same-sex wedding ceremonies or other same-sex events.
“Now they’re taking this fight to a whole new level arguing the corporations should be given a free pass to discriminate against women and deny them access to basic health care,” Richards said.
“If this sounds familiar, it’s because these same insidious views we’ve heard from business owners in Arizona who wanted to refuse services to members of the LGBT community, but if you open your doors to the general public you don’t get to pick and choose who you serve,” Richards said. “Just like a corporation shouldn’t get to pick and choose which laws to follow.”
Richards said a woman’s boss should not have a say about what kind of health care they are providing.
“Every major medical institution confirms that birth control prevents pregnancy from happening in the first place,” Richards said. “It does not end pregnancy.”