Court Considers Private Business Exemption To Contraceptive Care Coverage

Sep 24, 2013

A federal appeals court is considering whether for-profit businesses may be exempted from a contraceptive mandate in the federal health care law because of the owners' religious views.

The law already exempts houses of worship, but two brothers who own businesses in Ohio argue they should not have to comply. Francis and Philip Gilardi, say it would force them to violate their Catholic beliefs by providing contraceptives for their employees. One of the three judges on the court panel says religious freedom sometimes has to yield to the greater good. The other two judges did not indicate which way they are leaning in the case.