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It took only ten days for women to experience the pendulum swing forward towards the preservation of a women’s right to accessible reproductive choice for it to only swing backwards towards the infringement of that same choice. In just ten days, the United States Supreme Court gave pro-choice women and organizations like us, Lawyers Club, a reason for celebration and a reason for mourning.
On June 29, 2020, in June Medical v. Russo the Court struck down a state law that would have eliminated abortion services. On July 8, 2020, in Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania the Court opened the floodgates for the federal government to adopt rules that allow employers to opt out of providing health insurance coverage for contraceptive care based on religious or moral reasons.
Women now have to research the cost of contraceptive health care, decide what is most important—working at a job that does not offer contraceptive health care, but is professionally satisfying, or vice versa. And men must decide, will they support women leaving their dream job to work for a company that provides contraceptive health care so the women’s financial budget is not impacted, or will men share the out of pocket expenses of contraceptive health care.
Undoubtedly, the negative impact of yesterday’s decision cannot be ignored because it contributes to the societal inequities that exists for women. Lawyers Club will join the fight to remedy this wrong.
Yahairah Aristy is a Deputy Public Defender, and is the 2020-2021 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego.