Ruling: Provide birth control despite religious objections

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A Cincinnati appeals court ruled Tuesday that a company must provide health insurance with birth control coverage to its employees, even if the owners object for religious reasons.


The case before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is one of several in the nation’s federal courts that challenge employer insurance requirements of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

Under the law, businesses with more than 50 employees must either provide some form of insurance to their employees or pay a penalty. Because contraception coverage is required, some business owners have objected on religious grounds.

The case Tuesday involves Autocam Corp. and Autocam Medical, Michigan companies that manufacture products for the auto and medical industries. Company owners John Kennedy and his family say providing health insurance with birth control coverage to their more than 600 U.S. employees violates their Roman Catholic faith.

Written By: Dan Horn
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  1. It seems the religious exception is used as an excuse for maltreatment of employees beyond refusal to allow insurers to birth control.

    Finally, in the spring, she was let go by the university, which told her she was no longer effective as an instructor — despite many glowing evaluations from students. She came to me to seek legal help to try to save her job. She said that all she wanted was money to pay her medical bills because [the Catholic college] Duquesne, which never paid her much to begin with, gave her nothing on her way out the door.

    Duquesne knew all about Margaret Mary’s plight, for I apprised them of it in two letters. I never received a reply, and Margaret Mary was forced to die saddened, penniless and on the verge of being turned over to Orphan’s Court.

    The funeral Mass for Margaret Mary, a devout Catholic, was held at Epiphany Church, only a few blocks from Duquesne. The priest who said Mass was from the University of Dayton, another Catholic university and my alma mater. Margaret Mary was laid out in a simple, cardboard casket devoid of any handles for pallbearers — a sad sight, but an honest symbol of what she had been reduced to by her ostensibly Catholic employer.

  2. John Kennedy and his family have forgotten who the health-care is for: Autocare’s employees, who may be of different faiths or none, so it isn’t for Kennedy to impose his values on them.

    The court got the right verdict, but for the wrong reason.

  3. Further to my last, religious beliefs can also be used to avoid certain obligations that everyone else has to abide by, such as paying tax or uncovering your face in a court of law!

    They can also be employed as an excuse if you want to avoid the inconvenience of humane and hygienic methods of slaughter and kill cattle in the street, or, of course, people with differing religious faiths to your own.

  4. Come on! My guess is that this Kennedy guy is using this as an excuse to save money. Nearly every “good” Catholic woman uses birth control and there are statistics to prove it. All this Kennedy guy needs to do is go to confession, say three Hail Mary’s and an Act of Contrition and he’s in good standing with the church. I call BS on this guy. Then again Cincinnati is just like living in the south.

  5. The cost of birth control to an insurance company is negative. People on birth control will make far fewer claims for other health problems including pregnancy and birth.

    The insurance companies could throw it in for free to resolve the religious objection.

    Get stuffed religion. You have no business poking your head in the door of the examining room and telling the doctor his business.

  6. QuestioningKat comment 9

    Come on! My guess is that this Kennedy guy is using this as an excuse to save money. Nearly every “good” Catholic woman uses birth control and there are statistics to prove it. All this Kennedy guy needs to do is go to confession, say three Hail Mary’s and an Act of Contrition and he’s in good standing with the church. I call BS on this guy. Then again Cincinnati is just like living in the south.

    Yep, every single ‘good’ catholic woman I know, has a healthy sex life, has done for as long as the non catholic women I know, and yet has the requisite 1 or 2 children (in the best performing catholic school of course) born at the time most convenient to their careers or lifestyles. Every ‘good’ catholic school I’ve ever taught in has had the same PSHE lessons on contraception and putting a condom on a banana.

    In short I think its financial. No ‘good’ western catholics buy that bullshit. What you really do need in the US tho is a completely neutral NHS to fund your health care. I’m not sure I’d want my non catholic stingy bosses in charge of my health at all.

  7. This is good, but I have to wonder why insurance-covered contraceptives for women are such a huge deal for religionuts, when Viagra passes the insurance sniff test without a whimper. If wanton sex is so horribly, horribly immoral that it makes the baby Jesus bite mother Mary’s titties in rage, then why are the boner pills okay? Men running around with raging hard-ons are just okey-dokey, but women who don’t want to pop out a baby every nine months aren’t? Could the patriarchal sexism get any more blatantly obvious?

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