Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Supreme Court Agrees To Review Challenge to Contraception Mandate
The New York Times: Justices Take Companies’ Cases Challenging Contraception Rule, by Adam Liptak:
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a pair of cases on whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporations’ owners. . . .
In June, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Denver, ruled for Hobby Lobby, a corporation owned by a family whose members have said they try to run the business on Christian principles. The company, which operates a chain of arts-and-crafts stores and has more than 15,000 full-time employees of many faiths, objected to a requirement in the health care law requiring large employers to provide their workers with comprehensive insurance coverage for contraception. . . .
Hobby Lobby's objection is to "drugs and devices that can prevent embryos from implanting in the womb." However, the best available evidence indicates that emergency contraceptive pills work before fertilization, not after. More information on how different types of emergency contraception work can be found here.