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

Suggested Citation

Corbin, Caroline Mala, The Contraception Mandate (October 15, 2012). Northwestern University Law Review, Vol. 107, p. 1469, 2013, Available at SSRN:

Caroline Mala Corbin (Contact Author)

University of Miami School of Law ( email )

1311 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States

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