On November 14, a federal appeals court preserved a path devised by the Obama administration allowing religious nonprofit groups to avoid paying for contraception under the Affordable Care Act.
The law requires that nonprofits cover contraception, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, under their health plan free of charge.
Friday’s decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that allowed closely held corporations objecting to certain forms of birth control on moral grounds to opt out of the Obamacare mandate.
“Religious nonprofits that opt out are excused from playing any role in the provision of contraceptive services, and they remain free to condemn contraception in the clearest terms,” Circuit Judge Cornelia T.L Pillard wrote.
A group does not have to provide contraception under its health plan if it fills out a document stating it is a religious organization and disapproves of contraceptive coverage.
Many religious nonprofits feel the required notice to insurance companies will result in the government using their health plans as channels for providing contraceptive coverage to their employees and students.
The Supreme Court ruling is the first time the high court has declared that businesses can uphold religious views under federal law.