Update on American HHS birth control mandate controversy: February, 2013

Lawsuits against a federal regulation continue to be filed  and are at various stages of litigation and appeal.  The contested regulation requires employers of 50 or more people to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives, embryocides and surgical sterilization, even if the employers object to the services for reasons of concience.  As a result of the lawsuits and widespread protests, the Obama
administration has proposed amendments to the  regulation, which have been rejected as unsatisfactory by its opponents (New York Times). Judges are split on the issue.  (Los Angeles Times) (For a map and up-to-date overview of lawsuits filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, see the Becket Fund’s 
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