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Federal Court: For-Profit Organizations are not people, cannot exercise religious freedom rights

September 18, 2013

As a unanimous decision, this bodes well for the various lawsuits that are currently winding their way through the courts regarding the birth control provisions of the Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

In a unanimous opinion, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Autocam Corporation is not entitled to an exemption from the contraceptive mandate, which requires most businesses to provide workers with health insurance that includes no-cost birth control. The court said a secular, for-profit company is not a person that can exercise religion under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

AU fully expects this issue to end up in front of the Supreme Court in the future.

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