Dear Common Community,
In two 5-4 decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday struck blows to birth control and public union laws.
In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court ruled 5-4 that closely held corporations cannot be required to provide contraception coverage for their employees.
In its 5-4 ruling in Harris v. Quinn, the court gave certain workers the ability to opt out of paying dues to public-sector unions.
Justice Samuel Alito authored the opinion in each case.
Both cases also open up all kinds of possibilities for future litigation that have the potential to erode further women’s birth control rights and membership in public unions.