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US Defends Employer-Paid Birth Control to Appeals Court

Friday, 27 Dec 2013 12:39 PM

 

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A bar to mandatory employer-paid birth control during a court challenge should be rejected, the Obama administration argued to an appeals court.

Lawyers for U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Friday urged the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to reject a request by the city’s Roman Catholic archbishop to delay a lower court’s decision in favor of the coverage, mandated by the Affordable Care Act, while the ruling is under appeal.

The archdiocese is not required by the law “to contract, arrange, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage” and an injunction pending appeal isn’t necessary, the government said in court papers.

“They need only self-certify that they are nonprofit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services and provide a copy of their self-certification to their health insurance issuer or third-party administrator,” the government said.

Lawyers for the archdiocese contend in their briefs that enforcement of the health plan “constitutes impermissible facilitation of objectionable services in violation of the Catholic doctrines of material cooperation with immoral conduct and ‘scandal.’”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 agreed to hear two cases brought by business owners who object on religious grounds to the birth-control mandate.

Lawsuit Plaintiffs

The lawsuits were filed by the craft store chain Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The cases will provide the court’s first look at President Barack Obama’s health-care bill since it upheld the core of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2012.

Appeals courts in Chicago, Denver, and Washington have ruled that the mandate may violate religious freedom. Appellate panels in Philadelphia and Cincinnati had sided with the government.

The appeals case is Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius, 13-5371, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (Washington).

 

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