Powerful Implications: Why the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case matters to us

On June 30th, the Supreme Court ruled that for-profit companies with religious objections can opt out of providing contraceptives for their employees under Obamacare. You might be wondering why an app that offers an alternative to birth control would consider it important to write about a Supreme Court decision allowing companies to deny health care coverage for IUDs and other forms of birth control to their employees. My favorite part of working at Kindara is that the company believes that every woman should have access to the tools that help her to understand and be in control of her own body. Putting the power to determine what birth control women can use into the hands of for-profit companies has the potential to deny many women control over their bodies.  

Another frightening aspect of this Supreme Court decision is the implications for lower income women and their families. Society benefits from birth control being accessible to all women. Access to birth control empowers women to feel ownership over their bodies and prevents unwanted pregnancy, which is a right all women should have regardless of where they work or their socioeconomic status.  Under this ruling, many women who can’t afford birth control out of pocket will be denied this basic human right. Other women will be faced with decisions between birth control and rent, or food money, or perhaps transportation to work.

We believe that all women should have the power to make informed decisions about what birth control option is right for them. Unfortunately, not every employer understands – or cares – how vastly different each female employee's body, financial constraints, and contraceptive needs are.  This Supreme Court Decision implies that the religious beliefs held by higher-ups in an organization are more important than a woman’s relationship with her body and health. While we don’t believe the pill or an IUD is necessarily the right choice for every woman and try to offer an alternative, we do believe that what form of birth control a woman uses must be her choice.

To read more on the SCOTUS decision, click here.


[July 8th Addendum]

In response to the comments we received on this post, we would like to formally clarify our stance as a company in regards to political topics.  We understand that the issues relating to the SCOTUS decision are precious to many of our users, and we did not present the issue with the impartiality it deserved.

At our core, Kindara is a mission-driven company, and we will always prioritize empowerment of women.  However, we acknowledge that many women’s rights issues manifest indivisibly with polarizing political topics including the separation of church and state, the size and role of government, and corporate personhood.   We did not mean to imply that any of these issues are black and white, or that supporting the SCOTUS decision goes hand-in-hand with misogyny.  We would like to formally apologize to anyone who felt affronted by our analysis of the issue.