Birth control exemptions fail to stop lawsuits

The Obama administration offer to exempt select religious organizations from the health care law’s contraceptive mandate still leaves some employers unsatisfied

Last week, the Obama administration introduced some additional exemptions for employers that object to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s controversial contraceptive mandate. But the concessions, which were limited to faith-based institutions, are unlikely to stem the tide of lawsuits filed by businesses with moral qualms over the law.

The contraceptive mandate requires most secular, for-profit employers to provide health insurance coverage that includes FDA-approved contraceptives and sterilization or face fines for noncompliance. So far the law has sparked more than 40 lawsuits, many from business owners who say that the law violates their religious freedoms by forcing them to cover birth control.

Alanna Byrne

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