Should religious groups' health insurance plans cover contraception? | The Tylt
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to issue a ruling on a legal challenge made by Christian nonprofit employers to an Obamacare birth control mandate. Thirteen separate cases will now return to lower federal appeals courts, which will have to issue new rulings on the questions left undecided by the justices.
Religious organizations and private employers alike have objected to the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate. They claim that having to include birth control as part of health coverage for their employees violates their religious beliefs. The administration tried to create compromise by giving objecting nonprofits the option of having their insurer provide the required birth-control coverage, with the government ultimately paying the cost. They can also notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of their objection and provide contact information for their insurer. The religious groups say they shouldn’t have to go through these procedures.
Should religious nonprofits be exempt from the legal requirement that health insurance plans cover contraception?
Conservatives such as Ted Cruz and Orin Hatch applauded the move as a win for religious liberty. Pro-mandate advocates think the Obama administration has already adequately accommodated faith-based employers by letting them opt out. The administration argues that tens of thousands of women employed by these religious organizations could be disadvantaged. The faith-based groups say the government is violating their rights by forcing them to provide something they equate with abortion.
Should religious groups' health insurance plans cover contraception?
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