The Contraception Mandate
16 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2012 Last revised: 29 Jun 2013
Date Written: October 15, 2012
Under the new health care regime, health insurance plans must cover contraception. While religious employers are exempt from this requirement, religiously affiliated employers are not. Several have sued, claiming that the “contraception mandate” violates the Free Exercise Clause, the Free Speech Clause, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This essay explains why the contraception mandate violates none of them.
Keywords: contraception, birth control, ACA, contraception mandate, health insurance, health care, free exercise, free speech, associations, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, women, discrimination, Catholic Bishops
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