Religious colleges seek contraception mandate exception like for-profit companies
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Corporations with religious objections have already been granted relief from Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate, but religious colleges and charities are still fighting the administration in court, saying that, as of right now, they’re getting even worse treatment.
Two Baptist colleges take their case to a federal appeals court in Houston on Tuesday, and another appeals court in Denver is expected to rule any day now on an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns that also objects to the mandate. They argue that providing insurance coverage for contraceptives, including ones they say can cause abortions, violates their free exercise of religion. Under federal health care reform’s existing rules, religious nonprofits must file objections to providing contraceptive coverage in writing to plan administrators or the Department of Health and Human Services, which then prompts the administrators to manage and pay for the coverage. [...]
“I do not think that nonprofits can look to Hobby Lobby and say we should be exempt too, like for-profits, because for-profits are only temporarily exempt,” said Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School. “The question is whether the accommodation that has been offered to nonprofits, and soon to certain for-profits, can withstand an RFRA challenge.” [...]holly fernandez lynch human subjects research public health religion reproductive rights