Washington, DC - Religious Groups Must Offer Employees Birth Control
Washington, DC - The US Supreme Court rejected today a bid by religious groups to stop offering their employees birth-control benefits as part of their health insurance.
The top court rejected a petition by the groups arguing that by being forced to offer contraception pills and equipment on their employee health-insurance plans, their First Amendment rights to free speech were violated. The petition sought to overturn a New York state law that mandated that all employees of religious groups must have access to birth-control measures as part of their employer-provided health insurance.
The Supreme Court did not publish an explanation of its decision against the petition, which had also been supported by Orthodox Jewish and other religious groups in a brief to the court. [afp]
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