February 16, 2013 by Jan Stone
The courts cannot find a legal argument allowing corporations to impose a “corporate” religion on their female employees, and, therefore, not allow women access to birth control via their insurance policies. Nice to read about the judicial system working the way it was envisioned when created.
Churches seemingly have a stronger argument to impose their “morality,” thus faith-based organizations do not want to cover birth control through any of its insurance policies.
So what’s the deal with Viagra? I respect that men might be embarrassed by ED. But why isn’t there a big ol’ uproar over the morality of insurance companies covering erectile dysfunction prescriptions without proving medical necessity? Women+birth-control=sin. Men+ED=medical necessity? Really?
I know, I know, those über-religious GOPers who think nothing of passing judgement on everyone won’t like the fact the courts have said no, a corporation cannot impose a religious belief on their female employees and as a result prohibit birth control coverage.
Even a Nixon-appointed judge agrees that a “corporate” religion does not stand the test of, um, sanity to ban coverage of birth control. And you can’t get much more right-wing than a Nixon appointee. Now let’s discuss the medical necessity of Viagra. It’s clear the issue is important enough to be brought up….
Special thanks to Think Progress for the details on this story: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/02/14/1589771/federal-appeals-court-for-profit-companies-cannot-flout-birth-control-law/