Court strikes down mandate for birth control in ObamaCare

by Julian Hattem, The Hill
November 1, 2013


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.

Legal analysts expect the Supreme Court to ultimately pick up an appeal on the birth-control requirement and make a final decision on its constitutionality.

10 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • paintinc56 says:

    The socialist idea of taxpayers being FORCED to be responsible for the sex lives of others is as unconstitutional as it gets but I am still SHOCKED that liberal judges would admit it.
    Next time a woman tells you to get out of her vagina, tell her no problem if she will stay out of YOUR wallet! It is the HEIGHT of HYPOCRISY to declare yourself “independent” & say you don’t need a man to take care of you & then turn around & EXPECT millions of men to buy your birth control, pay for your abortions, pay your medical expenses, pre & post natal, & feed, clothe, educate & house your children. You have come a LONG WAY, baby, NOT!!!

  • gavinwca says:

    Wonder if another bribe or blackmail against justice Roberts will be in order on this appeal. No telling he may make this one a gift instead of a tax. The court and Government are lost to the Fascist Liberals.

  • Tutu says:

    Praise the Lord for judges who respect the constitution and rule accordingly.

  • msbets says:

    I wonder how long THIS will stand till ovomit over steps it’s friggin bounds AGAIN……..THIS IS NOT THE SOCIALIST WAY.

  • culper355 says:

    If SCOTUS does NOT uphold this -there will be impeachment!

  • nmisasi says:

    This is wonderful news! We need to all support this issue all the way to the Supreme Court and get better results than the one on Obama Care! We have a fundamental right to live our religious beliefs, not keep them behind our church doors! These rights don’t end when someone opens up a business or buys medical insurance. I do not want one penny of my tax dollars paying for any abortions anywhere! I understand “Thou shalt not kill”… (for those liberals this is about the killing of the innocent not justice for those criminals found guilty!)

  • James C Brown says:

    3 cheers. Now abortion coverage has to be next.

  • Anthony Trovato says:

    At last someone that understands religious freedom and the impact that the government mandate has on it

  • Karl Dulaff says:

    I don’t trust these partisans in black robes. Particularly the USSC.

    1. Sarrah Goldblume says:

      Bless your heart.

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