Saturday, November 2, 2013

Appeals Court Rules That You Can´t Force Employers To Pay For Contraception

Court slaps down ObamaCare religious ‘exception’ - New York Post Editorial

In her majority opinion, Judge Janice Rogers Brown took no prisoners. The mandate, she says, “trammels the right of free exercise.” She called the government’s justifications for its position “empty, reflexive and talismanic.” At another point, she invoked a Supreme Court case to suggest the flimsy nature of the government’s refusal to accommodate:

...The decision is a good step forward for religious freedom, a sound rebuke for the Obama administration — and yet another reminder of the overreach that explains why ObamaCare has become such an economic, political and constitutional liability.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on a 2-1 vote in favor of Catholic brothers Francis and Philip Gilardi, owners of Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics, who do not want to provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion. - Reuters

The latest ruling brings to four the number of appeals courts to rule for employers, including preliminary decisions, while two others have ruled that the regulation must be complied with, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.