We share an obligation to resist any attempts, political or religious, to restrict or deny access to family planning services. Over 1,000 religious leaders agree, and more are speaking out every day.
The Obama administration may be trying to stop the flood of litigation around the contraception benefit, but proposed changes to the religious exemption will likely do very little to do so.
Another appellate court weighs in on the birth control benefit, and in doing so makes clearer the issues the Supreme Court will be asked to resolve. But a powerful dissenting opinion underscores the real issues.
The federal government may be moving forward with the birth control benefit, but the real action in reproductive rights remains in the states.
I would argue that the new proposed rules don’t change anything for women. At all. They don’t restrict contraception access, nor do they take away contraception access previously available.
A handful of cases at the state level show how far women still have to go to be considered equal citizens under the law.
Another ruling in the more than forty legal challenges to the contraception mandate in Obamacare shows the fight is far from over.
The University can’t challenge the contraception mandate because it faces no risk of injury from it, ruled a federal court.
Yet another federal court seems sympathetic to the argument that corporations have religious exercise rights.