“We should be afraid of this court, that five guys should start determining what contraceptions are legal,” Pelosi told reporters Thursday at the Capitol. “It is so stunning.”
The California Democrat was responding to a pair of Supreme Court decisions last week affecting birth control access. In one highly controversial ruling, the justices voted 5-4 to allow some businesses to opt out of an Affordable Care Act requirement that employers cover birth control for employees.
"That court decision was a frightening one, that five men should get down to the specifics of whether a woman should use a diaphragm and [whether] she should pay for it herself or her boss," she said. "It's not her boss' business. His business is whatever his business is, but it's not what contraception she uses.”
Pelosi also slammed the court for an order it issued July 3 that blocked the Obama administration, at least for now, from forcing evangelical Wheaton College to sanction insurance coverage for its employees for emergency birth control — even though it wouldn't have to directly offer the coverage itself.
The justices said employees of the small Illinois college can still get emergency contraception from private insurers without requiring the school to fill out a government document it says would make it complicit in the transaction, thus violating its religious beliefs.
The order, which was strongly opposed by the court’s three female justices, is in effect while appeals courts sort out the matter.