Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Contraception Mandate

The main debate on the Affordable Care Act thus far regarding women has been the contraception mandate--the requirement that employer healthcare coverage include women’s contraception like birth control.  Employers like Hobby Lobby object to providing the coverage on the grounds it violates the owners’ religious beliefs as to when life begins.  Law professor Caroline Corbin has argued against this employer objection on the grounds that for-profit companies do not have religious liberties as she explains in her new article, Corporate Religious Liberty.  The Obama Administration seems to agree in its petition for cert in the Hobby Lobby case filed last week as explained by Jurist.

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