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AU: don’t use religion to deny access to contraceptive care

June 17, 2013

In a friend-of-the-court brief, Americans United, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League and an array of religious groups urged the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia Circuit to uphold the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, which requires most businesses to provide workers with health insurance that includes no-cost birth control.

The reasons presented against this mandate have all been based on imposing the employer’s religious belief on the type of medical care available to the employee.  The AU believes that this type of imposition is and should be illegal.

Opening this kind of door would allow a company to reject any federal requirements for religious reasons, including those that provide for safe working conditions, non-discrimination and harassment.

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