Court grants Indiana employer relief from contraceptives mandate

Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:17pm EST

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(Reuters) - An Indiana company has won temporary court relief from having to provide its employees with coverage for contraceptives and other birth-control procedures, as mandated under the 2010 healthcare overhaul.

By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued an injunction pending appeal in favor of the Grote family, whose Grote Industries makes vehicle safety systems and has more than 1,100 full-time workers.

Members of the Grote family are Catholic, and opposed including coverage for various contraception and sterilization procedures in a group health insurance plan for their privately-held company, which is based in Madison, Indiana.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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gregbrew56 wrote:
So, the Grote family is imposing their religious beliefs on 1100 employees? I thought that freedom of religion also meant freedom FROM religion…

Feb 12, 2013 7:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
axisofoil2 wrote:
They still have the freedom to use contraception and sterilization procedures. They just can’t make their employer pay for it; at least not as long as they want to work for the Grote family.

Feb 13, 2013 10:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
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