D.C Court Of Appeals Strikes Down Contraception Mandate

One thing to remember, the contraception mandate isn’t really a mandate in terms of being in the law: HHS made the rule that employers must provide free contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients through their health insurance plans

(The Hill) A federal appeals court on Friday struck down the birth control mandate in ObamaCare, concluding the requirement trammels religious freedom.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals – the second most influential bench in the land behind the Supreme Court – ruled 2-1 in favor of business owners who are fighting the requirement that they provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control.

Requiring companies to cover their employees’ contraception, the court ruled, is unduly burdensome for business owners who oppose birth control on religious grounds, even if they are not purchasing the contraception directly.

“The burden on religious exercise does not occur at the point of contraceptive purchase; instead, it occurs when a company’s owners fill the basket of goods and services that constitute a healthcare plan,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote on behalf of the court.

Don’t expect this to end here, Team Obama will most likely take it to the Supreme Court

The Obama administration said that the requirement is necessary to protect women’s right to decide whether and when to have children.

2 of the 3 judges didn’t buy that argument

Brown wrote that “it is clear the government has failed to demonstrate how such a right – whether described as noninterference, privacy, or autonomy – can extend to the compelled subsidization of a woman’s procreative practices.”

Team Obama apparently feels that women are two frail, incompetent, and stupid to be able to afford to purchase condoms and birth control pills.

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