For-Profits Exempt From Birth Control Rule, DC Circ. Told
By Erica Teichert
Law360, Washington (September 24, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT) -- The Catholic owners of a fresh produce processor urged a D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday to block the federal government from forcing them to comply with the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, maintaining that they are entitled to run their for-profit corporation in agreement with their religious beliefs.
During Monday's oral arguments, Francis and Philip Gilardi told the panel they would be forced to violate the tenets of their Catholic faith if they provided their employees with insurance that covers birth control and other contraception. Although...