6 Things Every Latina Should Know About The Hobby Lobby Decision

Last month, The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that family-owned corporations are not required to follow the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act because it violates a federal law which protects religious freedom. The controversial decision, split 5-4, sparked frenzied discussions and debates, with the loudest voices of dissent coming from the bench: all three women of the Supreme Court - Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor - and Justice Stephen Breyer. 

First, let's break down what Burwell v. Hobby Lobby means. In a "decision of startling breadth", the Supreme Court opened the door for closely-held, for-profit corporations to opt out of the contraceptive mandate if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs.  According to the Wall Street Journal, a "closely-held" company consists of any company where 50% of the value of the company is owned by five or fewer people. We have no idea yet how far this could go -- but nine out of 10 businesses in the United States qualify as closely-held. That means that this decision expands well beyond Hobby Lobby, and that countless other businesses can use this decision to claim that the birth control mandate of the ACA violates their religious liberty.

Keeping Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in mind, here are six things every Latina should know about birth control in a post-Hobby Lobby world:

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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