Health Care

71 Companies Don't Want to Pay for Employees' Birth Control Coverage

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The Christian-owned corporation Hobby Lobby went to the U.S. Supreme Court last week in an effort to not provide emergency contraception pills or IUDs to its employees under Obamacare's contraception mandate.

Ironically, Hobby Lobby has invested $73 million in the same emergency contraception pills, IUDs and even abortion pills in its employees' retirement plan.

However, Hobby Lobby is not the only company refusing to provide certain types of contraception in health insurance plans, Mother Jones reports there are 70 other companies also denying this type of health care coverage for their female employees.

Trijicon, a military contracting company that manufactures aiming systems for lethal weapons, claimed in its 2013 lawsuit that it cannot cover birth control because "its shareholders have a deeply held religious belief that life begins at conception/fertilization."

Trijicon didn't mention that life ends, thanks, in part, to their products.

Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics, which deal in food produce, oppose Obamacare's contraception mandate because the owners Philip and Frank Gilardi, who are Catholic, say they "conduct their businesses in a manner that does not violate their sincerely-held religious beliefs or moral values, and they wish to continue to do so."

However, in 2011, a former female employee sued the company for repeated sexual harassment, which allegedly included, "unwelcome sexual comments, sexual innuendo, and physical contact," noted Mother Jones.

The company denied the sexual harassment claims, but settled the lawsuit with the ex-employee for an undisclosed amount of money.

Salon.com reported last year on Eden Foods, which is also suing the Obama administration over the contraception mandate.

Eden Foods CEO Michael Potter told Salon.com that he opposes “using abortion as birth control, definitely.”

However, after being told by Salon.com that the contraception mandate doesn’t cover abortion, Potter fired back, “I’m not an expert in anything. I’m not the pope. I’m in the food business. I’m qualified to have opinions about that and not issues that are purely women’s issues. I am qualified to have an opinion about what health insurance I pay for.”

The National Women's Law Center has a full list of the companies suing to get out of the Obamacare contraception mandate.

Sources: Mother Jones, National Women's Law Center, Salon.com

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