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May 16, 2016 / Press Releases

NARAL statement on Zubik v. Burwell decision

May 16, 2016

Today, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Zubik v. Burwell:

“Access to birth control is an issue that is top of mind for women and families across the country. When a woman is able to access contraception, she can take control of her own life and plan her family when and how she chooses. In punting today, the Supreme Court only forces women and families to wait longer to learn who in this country has the ‘right’ to interfere with a woman’s personal health care decisions. Is it her boss, or is it her decision alone? Also, the court’s decision is premised on both parties’ inclination to ‘compromise,’ which is not something we have seen from the anti-choice movement in a very long time.

“It’s 2016. Most voters agree that women must be empowered to make our own decisions about our bodies— it is not only a fundamental right but also vital to our economic success. No one should have to ask their boss for permission to get the health care they need, and women shouldn’t have to wait even longer for the courts to make that clear.”


Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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