May 6, 2020

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Interfaith Alliance: Healthcare Decisions Should Be Driven By Personal Beliefs, Not Employers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following oral arguments today before the Supreme Court in Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Trump v. Pennsylvania regarding a proposed rule permitting an exemption for “religious and moral objections” to the Affordable Care Act birth control coverage requirement, Katy Joseph, director of policy and advocacy for Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:

Today’s oral arguments raised one central question: should employers and universities be allowed to intervene in employees’ and students’ medical decision-making, based on religious or moral objection?

The clear answer here is no. The First Amendment protects every American’s ability to believe as we choose, ensuring freedom of and freedom from religion. None of us have the right to impose our beliefs on others, as Congress contemplated before passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This landmark law offers protections for personal religious expression, but only up to the point that this expression harms a third party like an employee or student.

We urge the Court to protect millions of workers, students, and their families from the harm posed by the Trump’s administration’s proposed rule. Choosing whether and when to use birth control are deeply personal and for many people, often informed by religious and moral conviction. Making healthcare decisions based on your personal beliefs and needs is a matter of religious freedom — and no one’s business but your own.

If you are interested in speaking with Katy Joseph further on this issue, please contact Manisha Sunil at or 202-417-0171.



Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit