Church and state

Court rules that Catholic nonprofits must provide access to contraception

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York, ruled that four Catholic nonprofits must allow employees access to contraception as part of the Affordable Care Act. The unanimous three-judge panel reversed a decision by a lower court that originally allowed organizations to sidestep this requirement. Two Catholic high schools and two Catholic healthcare systems argued that the opt-out sheet, which religious organizations can fill out to get an exception from providing contraception, proved to be “substantial burden” on their religious freedom. While the Federal District Court agreed, Judge Pooler in the Court of Appeals stated that without the form “there is no way that the government can know which organization it needs to accommodate.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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