Today marks the 50th anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark Supreme Court case that struck down as unconstitutional criminal bans on the sale of contraceptives.
The anniversary of Griswold serves as an important reminder of how far we’ve come, but also of how much work there is left to do. For evidence of the struggles before us, we need look no further than last year’s Hobby Lobby decision, which stripped thousands of women of insurance coverage for contraception because their employers object to birth control on religious grounds.
Fifty years after Griswold, meaningful access to birth control is still under fire. Just ask Angela and Stel, whose doctor refused to provide Angela with birth control because of Catholic health care restrictions.
Illinois law allows health care providers to deny their patients care and even information when they object to doing so on religious grounds, and, when they do, women like Angela suffer. But the ACLU is fighting back. We have been pushing to pass Senate Bill 1564, which would ensure that when medical providers have religious objections to providing care, patients still have access to all the information they need to understand their treatment options and to get the care they need. The bill has had a tremendous journey: it passed the Senate and the House Human Services Committee and awaits a vote on the House floor.
The clock is ticking, and we need your help to keep the momentum going. Please make a donation to support the ACLU’s ongoing efforts to Put Patients First in Illinois