Supreme Court Decides Religious For-Profit Companies Can Say No to Birth Control
the MPR take:
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that some corporations are not required to provide medical coverage for some contraceptives for women based on religious objections. The Affordable Care Act requires that contraceptives be provided as part of healthcare coverage at no cost, but does exempt non-profit religious organizations from the mandate. Two corporations at the center of this case argued that the contraceptive mandate violated the companys’ beliefs that certain birth control methods were abortifacients and against their religious views, and thus should not be covered under the company’s healthcare plan. In the majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the government could cover pregnancy prevention in these instances, or that the same process that applies to non-profit religious groups could apply (groups’ insurers or a third-party administrator covers the cost of the contraceptives). Close to 50 businesses have sued over the contraceptive mandate, with some willing to cover most methods and others refusing to pay for any birth control.
(WASHINGTON) - The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices' 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.
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