Birth Control Rule Spurns Religious Rights, Republicans Say

Law360, New York (February 20, 2013, 5:50 PM EST) -- The Obama administration ignored the Religious Freedom Restoration Act when it crafted the Affordable Care Act's provision requiring employer medical plans to include contraceptive coverage, 11 Republican lawmakers who supported the 1993 bill told the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday.

Nine current senators and two current House members filed an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Mardel Inc., which claim the ACA contraception rule violates their constitutional rights. The companies want the Tenth Circuit to hear en banc their bid to halt enforcement...
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