Lawsuits over Obama birth control mandate move conflicting rulings toward Supreme Court

  • Article by: RACHEL ZOLL , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 26, 2013 - 7:23 PM

NEW YORK - The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Lifeguard06Jan. 26, 13 9:04 PM

it does post an interesting first amendment. That whole the govt will not infringe on your religious freedom clause. it does seem that does infringe.

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benturnerJan. 26, 13 9:39 PM

No it doesn't. This is not about the church this is about employee and employers.

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Thumper5316Jan. 26, 13 9:39 PM

This is not and should not be under any purview of the government. We have completely lost our way.

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hawkeye56379Jan. 26, 13 9:53 PM

Lifeguard06: I don't think that it does infringe. No one is forced to use contraception or any other medical product or procedure. Why should the employer's beliefs control their employees access to health care?

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tdietscheJan. 26, 1311:21 PM

If an owner refuses to pay for medical coverage for birth control, that is infringing on the firat amendment rights of all their employees who do not happen to share that particular set of religious beliefs. That is the real issue here. Owners have no right to cram the agenda of their personal religion down the throats of their employees. They have it backwards!

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cranelakemanJan. 27, 1312:00 AM

Ben - Notre Dame should have to pay for contraceptives for its employees? They are a Catholic University...3M, I can see you point...

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freedomallJan. 27, 1312:04 AM

And this is why we need Single-Payer in this country. Almost every RX would be at a ZERO Co-Pay (with the exception of cosmetic drugs). You wouldn't have these Employers 'fight' because Insurance Providers won't exist! I pay for MY health insurance through my weekly/bi-weekly check.

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tooty123Jan. 27, 1312:22 AM

Is a private manufacturing company a church or a for-profit entity??? If it claims that it is a church, then it cannot be for-profit! Amazing that a company would require all their employees to be of the same faith unless they are a church.

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windigolakeJan. 27, 13 7:21 AM

Thumper5316: "We have completely lost our way." That's because the GOP wants to dictate how people live their private lives. If they would just focus on the business of the country and stop obsessing about birth control and gay marriage, we would all be much better off.

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subhumanJan. 27, 13 7:31 AM

Sometimes it is like the president of the US either gets bad advice or is completely alienated from the voters. In this case, his lawyer friends are getting rich. And also wasting a lot of time. Intruding into peoples personal lives, that is the gov't I want.

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