A federal appeals court has upheld a portion of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate that requires religiously affiliated non-profits to either offer contraceptive coverage in their employee health-care plans or sign a form demonstrating their objection to contraception. Read more
A far-right Catholic anti-abortion group that lost its challenge of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate has vowed to defy the law.
The Rev. Frank Pavone, head of Priests for Life, said he objects to the Obama administration’s compromise, which would require his religiously affiliated non-profit to simply fill out a form and then allow a third-party insurance company to provide birth control access for any of the organization’s employees who may want it. (Most of the group’s employees are not clergy.) Read more
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a new set of regulations designed to address religious objections to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
Under the new rules, closely held corporations and religious non-profit organizations may inform the government of their objection to the mandate via letter. Previously, objectors had been expected to sign and mail a form. Read more
American writer Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 novel An American Tragedy deals with the story of a socially ambitious young man who, dismayed because he has impregnated his working-class girlfriend, engineers her death.
The book was banned in some cities – but not because of its depiction of murder. Rather, conservative religious leaders feared that a plot hinging on an unwanted pregnancy would spur young people to get curious about birth control. Read more
Two religiously affiliated non-profits should not receive further exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed yesterday in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Americans United says that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rockville, N.Y., are not unfairly burdened by a requirement to certify their objection to the contraception mandate. Read more
In a rare moment of clarity, some Kansas lawmakers are reportedly hesitant to vote for a measure that would define “religious liberty” as a license to discriminate against same-sex couples.
The Kansas House of Representatives voted 72-49 last week in favor of a bill that would permit any individual, group or private business to turn away same-sex couples if providing a service would violate their religious beliefs. Read more
As the Catholic hierarchy and its Religious Right allies fight on against the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control mandate, it seems increasingly clear that they are engaging in a war their flock doesn’t support. Read more
The waning days of 2013 were a mixed bag for supporters of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate, as courts took conflicting stances on whether or not religious non-profits must comply with the new requirement, which went into effect yesterday.
Many observers are focused on the fate of secular, for-profit corporations, which claim that the mandate violates their religious liberty rights, a matter the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this year. Read more