Planned Parenthood Warns Birth Control Exemption Will Be Expanded

Planned Parenthood said that the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling means that the controversial decision may be expanded to include all forms of contraception, USA Today reported.

“While Hobby Lobby itself claims to object to four forms of birth control, the court’s ruling is not limited to those forms — and some companies will use this ruling to deny their employees coverage for any type of birth control,” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in an emailed statement, according to USA Today.

The top court ruled that closely held companies, based on their religious beliefs, can opt out of healthcare coverage of contraceptives for their female employees under the Obamacare mandate.

The Supreme Court ruling left open the question whether the law just applies to contraceptives that Hobby Lobby’s Christian owners believe cause abortions, such as Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and morning after pills, and not common birth control pills or condoms, or does it apply to all forms of contraceptives, USA Today said.

Robert Charrow, an appellate lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, also warned that even though the Hobby Lobby decision was limited to four specific types of contraceptives, it could be applied to all contraceptives in other lower court cases.