Should your employer have a say in what kind of health care you receive? I don’t think so. And neither did President Obama when he included no-cost birth control as a provision of the Affordable Care Act. In doing so he acknowledged that birth control is part of a woman’s basic preventive health care. Not everyone agrees. On Tue., Mar. 25, the US Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the birth control benefit in the Affordable Care Act, each brought by a business owner who wants to deny his employees access to no-cost birth control based on a radical redefinition of religious freedom. However, this case is about much more than just access to birth control. It’s about whether religious freedom protects each person’s right to make health care decisions according to their own beliefs and conscience, or whether it is going to be distorted into a tool of discrimination.

Many UUs believe it is wrong for employers to impose their personal religious beliefs on their employees. That’s why the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is asking people to join UUA President Rev. Peter Morales at an interfaith rally on Capitol Hill on Tue., Mar. 25, to raise a faithful voice in support of family planning and religious freedom. Rev. Morales strongly supports our fight for reproductive justice and wants to stand alongside local UUs to witness for women’s rights to free contraceptive care throughout the country.

This faith witness at the Supreme Court will shed media light on the progressive faith voice that supports reproductive justice and religious liberty. That’s why I’m going to the Supreme Court next Tuesday and why I’m recruiting Northern Virginia UUs to go with members of the UUCF Reproductive Justice Task Force and me.

Please join us as we raise a faithful voice in support of family planning AND religious freedom! Following the faith rally on Capitol Hill, we will join a procession to meet up with our allies in the reproductive health community for the main rally in front of the Supreme Court.

Interfaith Rally: Tue., Mar. 25, 8-9 a.m., Capitol Hill (exact location provided with RSVP)
Rally at Supreme Court: 9-11:30 a.m.

Can we count on you to stand up for family planning and religious freedom? If so please fill out this RSVP. If you want to go with the UUCF group, please email me.

In the faith,
Susan Bennett