Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Supreme Court rejects challenge to contraceptive mandate

The New York office of Catholic Charities, which is bound by the new legislation, challenged the law in court, arguing that the mandate infringed on the organization's religious freedom. Baptist, Adventist, and Orthodox Jewish groups joined in the appeal.

"If the state can compel church entities to subsidize contraceptives in violation of their religious beliefs," the plaintiffs argued in their appeal, "it can compel them to subsidize abortions as well. And if it can compel church entities to subsidize abortions, it can require hospitals owned by churches to provide them."

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