PA Federal Judge Blocks Religious Exemption for Birth Control

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Ridiculous! Once again, a liberal federal judge is sticking their nose where it does not belong!

A federal judge in Pennsylvania temporarily blocked the bill that prevents employers (with religious or moral objections) from providing mandatory free birth control to employees, per the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

ACA or Obamacare requires employers to provide free birth control for women employees. However, Trump’s administration repealed the requirement because it infringed on the religious and moral rights of these companies.

Not only does it infringe on their moral rights, but employers should not be required to pay for their employees’ sex habits. It is not their responsibility to ensure their workers don’t get pregnant.

The Hill reports: 

The injunction comes after state Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the administration, arguing the changes to the mandate undermine women’s health.

Judge Wendy Beetlestone ruled that the state is “likely to suffer serious and irreparable harm in the absence of a preliminary injunction.”
Judge Wendy Beetlestone said in agreement that Pennsylvania is “likely to suffer serious and irreparable harm in the absence of a preliminary injunction.”

The Independent Journal reports: 

With the preliminary injunction, according to The Washington Examiner, employers with religious or moral objections cannot legally avoid the ACA’s mandate, something that sparked an uproar among conservatives and prompted multiple Supreme Court cases.

Pennsylvania, along with other states, sued the President Donald Trump’s administration, which argued the mandate hindered religious and moral rights. According to The Hill, Pennsylvania’s attorney general joined liberal critics in claiming the exemption undermined women’s health.

When the Health and Human Services Department promulgated its exemption, it said the vast majority — 99.9 percent — of women would keep their coverage. It came after Trump signed an executive order that promised to “protect and vigorously promote religious liberty.”

Women will not die without birth control.  It is a luxury that they can pay for. There is no need for employers to be forced to pay extra in health care simply because a woman works for them.

 

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