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An Anti-Birth Control Employer Just Beat Obamacare in Federal Court

November 5, 2013 • Family Planning, Reproductive Health, United States, News

An Anti-Birth Control Employer Just Beat Obamacare in Federal Court

The D.C. Circuit Court has upheld a legal challenge to the provision of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that mandates employer coverage of birth control, arguing that it “trammels” the expression of religious freedom. While the legal process over the issue isn’t final, the decision hands a huge political victory to conservative activists that have long made this argument.

The case stems from a lawsuit filed by Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics, an Ohio-based firm that does food service work. The owners of the firm, brothers Phil and Frank Gilardi, have long excluded coverage for birth control or abortion in their employee health coverage, as the American Center for Law and Justice notes, via RHRealityCheck. The Hamilton Journal-News reports that the firm makes its opposition to abortion very public:

Freshway Foods trucks bear signs stating, “It’s not a choice, it’s a child,” as a way to promote the owners’ anti-abortion views to the public, according to the legal complaint.

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