Sunday, January 13, 2013
Ind. Decisions - Still more on "Contraception Mandate Faces Justice Sotomayor and Seventh Circuit"
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's narrow decision to uphold the federal health care law, another challenge to the mandate for insurance coverage is headed toward the court. This one involves contraception, religion and, most likely, corporate "personhood."
So far, 42 suits have been filed in the nation's courts challenging the law's requirement that workplace health insurance plans cover birth-control pills, IUDs and other female contraceptives, without co-payments.
In the most important ruling to date, a federal appeals court in Chicago has blocked enforcement of the mandate against an employer - not a church or a church-affiliated hospital or university, but an Illinois construction company whose principal owners, a married couple, are devout Catholics.
The owners, Cyril and Jane Korte, "would have to violate their religious beliefs to operate their company in compliance" with the requirement to provide contraception coverage, the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 2-1 ruling Dec. 28.
Ind. Law - Bills of interest to the judiciary heard in committee during Week 1 of the General Assembly
Here is the first weekly installment of the Indiana Courts' Legislative Update for the 2013 legislative session.