Leaked Contraceptive Coverage Rule Places Bosses’ Religion Over Women’s Rights

June 2, 2017

  • Claiming this was a violation of their religious freedom, employers opposed to women’s contraception, sued. In Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that small, closely held for-profit corporations deemed religious were entitled to the exemptions offered to religious nonprofits. In Zubik v. Burwell, the Court was unable to decide whether that nonprofit exemption, which required the signing of a form objecting to providing contraceptive coverage, itself violated the religious rights of the groups concerned.

    Any attempt at balancing a woman’s interest in reproductive health with a narrow religious exemption would be eliminated under the Trump administration’s proposed rule, which would give the exemption to all comers. “This president sees himself as indebted to Christian extremists for their electoral support,” said Robyn Blumner, CFI’s President and CEO. “Allowing employers to impose their religious dogma through workplace rules is one way to payback the religious right.”

    Legal Director Nick Little promised action. “CFI took part in the legal fight in both Hobby Lobby and Zubik, supporting the rights of women and the secular character of our government,” he said. “Whatever final regulation this administration promulgates regarding contraceptive access, the Center for Inquiry will fight alongside our allies to make sure religious dogma and prejudice aren’t prioritized over women’s health.”