Supreme Court to hear case in challenge of ACA contraception mandate

This past Friday, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a case in challenge to the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. This will be the second time America’s highest court has taken a case challenging the mandate – the first being the 2014 decision where the court ruled in favor of so-called ‘closely held’ for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby. This time the challenge comes from religious non-profit organizations including the Little Sisters of the Poor. While the Affordable Care Act requires most employers to provide health insurance that includes coverage of all FDA-approved methods of contraceptives at no cost, churches and other houses of worship, as well as religious non-profit organizations, are exempt from this mandate. Even so, many of these organizations and business-owners feel strongly that their personal religious beliefs should allow them to set limitations on their employees’ medical coverage and ability to access preventive health services like birth control. Since they oppose the use of contraceptives, these organizations feel that their right to freedom of religion is being violated through this mandate and believe the offered accommodation still makes them complicit in the coverage. According to CNN, the Supreme Court will likely come to a decision regarding this issue in June of 2016 during the heat of the presidential election.

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