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Court Ruling Says Employers Must Provide Birth Control Despite Religious Views

A Cincinnati appeals court has ruled that a company must provide health insurance that includes birth control to its employees, regardless of a company or employer’s religious views.

In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals made their ruling on their case on Tuesday. The case is one of many federal courts in the nation that challenge the employer insurance requirement placed by President Barack Obama’ Affordable Care Act, according to

The law states that businesses with more than 50 employees must provide some type of insurance to their employees or pay a fine. While Contraception coverage is a required, many businesses had objected due to religious beliefs.

The case from Tuesday’s ruling involved Autocam Corp. and Autocam Medical, two Michigan companies that manufacture products for the auto and medical industries.

Company owner John Kennedy objected to providing health insurance that included birth control to their more than 600 U.S. employees violated their Roman Catholic beliefs.

While Kennedy sued to block enforcement of the requirement, a Michigan district judge threw out the claim, ruling that the company did not qualify for the same religious exemptions as individuals or religious organizations.

The panel of judges from the 6th circuit court said federal law did not exempt secular companies from the requirement.

“The legislative history makes no mention of for-profit corporations,” Judge Julia Smith Gibbons said, according to “This is sufficient indication that Congress did not intend the term ‘person’ to cover entities like Autocam.”



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