The ACA guarantees that all new health insurance plans cover FDA approved contraceptives without any co-pays and deductibles. Under the law, religious nonprofits are exempted from the requirement. But, numerous for-profit companies have started filing lawsuits against this requirement, saying that they have a right to deny coverage to their employees because of the companies’ religious beliefs. These companies believe that certain methods of birth control, such as IUDs and morning-after pills, can interfere with the creation of life once an egg is fertilized.
However, the government points to past Supreme Court cases that take the opposite view, stating that the court has never found a for-profit company to be a religious organization for purposes of federal law and that they would be “unable to function if religious beliefs could be the basis for corporations’ refusing to comply with generally applied laws.”
So, the question remains: should for-profit companies be allowed to deny coverage to their employees, based on their religious beliefs? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
The contraceptive case will go before the U.S. Supreme Court today.
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