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UUA President Issues Statement on Contraceptive Mandate Decision by SCOTUS

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BOSTON, June 30 -- Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations issued the following news release:

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the contraceptive mandate:

"Today in its 5 to 4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 'closely-held' companies cannot be required to pay for insurance coverage for contraceptives because it violates a federal law protecting religious freedom. This is yet another blow against reproductive rights. Removing the no-cost contraceptive coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act dangerously diminishes the religious, moral, and legal rights of every American, but especially women.

I am deeply concerned by the growing rights granted to corporations by this decision and others of this Court and our Congress. I am also deeply concerned by the growing use of the religious freedom argument as a tool of discrimination and oppression.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, in its dedication to the principle of separation of church and state, joined with other faith groups in an amicus curiae brief (https://au.org/files/pdf_documents/AmicusBrief-RelOrgs_HobbyLobby.pdf) that argued the federal contraceptive rule does not substantially burden religious exercise under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and applauded the Affordable Care Act as the single most important piece of legislation to address gender- and race-based health inequities.

Unitarian Universalists affirm that parenthood and sexuality are sacred gifts. Women's access to key preventative contraceptive services is essential not only to their health, but also to other rights including religious liberty, equality, and economic security.

Though I am exceedingly disappointed in this ruling, I reaffirm the commitment of the UUA to work for reproductive justice in accordance with our first principle because 'justice is what love looks like in public.'"

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