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On Oct. 22, Texas health investigators raided Planned Parenthood clinics across the state. Representatives of the Texas Office of the Inspector General demanded patient and billing records from clinics in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and gave them 24 hours to comply.

Advocates for women’s health swiftly condemned the raids. Read more

AU Opposes Religious Exemptions In Health-Care Law

In a September letter to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, Americans United’s Legislative Department urged representatives to reject a proposed bill that would allow religious exemptions from the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate. HR 2061, also called the Equitable Access to Care and Health Act (EACH), is intended to permit individuals to opt out of purchasing insurance. It is heavily supported by the Church of Christ, Scientist. Read more

Federal Court Correct To Reject Bogus ‘Religious Freedom’ Claims In Wash. Birth Control Case, Says Americans United

Pharmacies Should Fill Prescriptions Regardless Of Owners’ Religious Views, Church-State Watchdog Asserts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals acted correctly today by upholding Washington state regulations that require pharmacies to fill prescriptions that their owners may find objectionable, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the most recent version of the case, arguing that the regulations do not violate the religious freedom rights of pharmacy owners.
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Faith Of The Fathers: Missouri State Sen. Attempts To Block Birth Control Coverage For His Daughters

A Missouri state representative who wants to stop his daughters from accessing birth control recently won a victory in his ongoing suit against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception regulations when the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to hear arguments in his challenge to the regulations, thus reversing a lower court ruling that threw the case out on standing.
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Win For Women: Court Says Little Sisters Of The Poor Don't Have A ‘Religious Freedom’ Right To Opt Out Of Contraceptive Mandate

When it comes to religion-based refusals, much of the focus in recent months has been on issues that stem from the widespread legalization of marriage equality. But there are other significant battles pertaining to “religious freedom,” one of which is the ongoing war some nonprofits are waging against birth control. Read more

New Birth Control Regulations Won’t Stem Religious Right Groups’ Attacks On Reproductive Health Care, Says Americans United

Far-Right Groups Are Determined To Curtail Access To Contraceptives, Church-State Watchdog Says

The Obama Administration today issued the latest in a series of regulations designed to ensure that Americans have access to affordable birth control, but the move isn’t likely to end litigation over the matter, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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AU Wins Another Round In Legal Battle With Notre Dame Over Birth Control Access

A federal appeals court ruled May 19 that federal regulations designed to protect women’s access to birth control do not infringe on the religious-liberty rights of the University of Notre Dame.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling 2-1, upheld a regulation issued under the Affordable Care Act that permits religious non-profits to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage directly to employees and students as long as they first notify either their insurance company or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more