In ruling with Pa. implications, U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

Women react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision June 30, 2014, when the high court ruled that some private companies can be exempted, on religious grounds, from health care reform’s requirement that employer sponsored health insurance policies cover contraception. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Emily Callen, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, decried the decision in a statement obtained by the Capital-Star.

“In siding with the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on reproductive healthcare, the Supreme Court effectively gave license to schools and employers to deny their students and workers access to contraceptive coverage guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act,” Callen said. “This decision is especially harmful to Black and Latina women and members of the LGBTQ community, who already face higher barriers to health care.”

Taking to Twitter, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro vowed, despite the defeat, to keep opposing the administration’s efforts to chip away at the Affordable Care Act.

Since the day they took office, the Trump administration has been dead set on hacking away at the Affordable Care Act. As long as I serve the people of [Pennsylvania], I will continue to fight for people’s right to healthcare and reproductive justice,” Shapiro said.