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Monday, October 01, 2007

Catholic Charities' Employee Drug Benefit Must Subsidize Birth Control

Memorial of St. Therese of the Child of Jesus
 
What happened to all those cardinals on the bench we were told about after the Supreme Court upheld the partial birth abortion ban? The Supreme Court let stand today a New York court ruling upholding a state law that requires religious-based social service agencies that offer employee prescription drug coverage benefits to include contraceptives.
 
Catholic Charities and other religious groups had argued that New York's law forces them to violate religious teachings (contraception being sinful, in this case) that violates their First Amendment right to practice their religion and will create a precedent for having to subsidize employees' abortions. The New York Court of Appeals had ruled unanimously that the groups had to comply with the law because, as social service agencies, they did not qualify for the exception provided in the law for churches.
 
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