Wasserman Schultz Statement on U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit Ruling

Pembroke Pines, FL – U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act’s “accommodation” for religious nonprofit organizations that are opposed to providing contraceptive coverage to women does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act:

“Yesterday’s 11th Circuit ruling was a victory for women across Florida and the nation. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and continues to provide millions of women and families everywhere with access to quality, affordable health care, including contraception and family planning resources.

“However, yesterday’s ruling only further underscores the importance of the United States Supreme Court’s impending decision in Zubik v. Burwell, a case for which the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in only a few weeks. I was proud to join 123 Democratic Members of Congress in an amicus brief in Zubik v. Burwell, which urged the Court to uphold the current accommodation and protect contraceptive coverage for all women. Zubik v. Burwell is another attempt to undermine one of the most consequential questions of our time – how we provide health care to our nation – and illustrates the importance of the Supreme Court’s role in our daily life.”