Federal Judge Dismisses Birth-Control Lawsuit

Good news, a federal judge has dismissed the multi-state lawsuit challenging the recent announcement by HHS director Kathleen Sebelius that all employers will be required to provide birth control coverage.

(Reuters) – A Nebraska federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by seven states against the Obama administration’s new healthcare policy that requires employers to provide birth-control coverage to employees.

U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom concluded that the plaintiffs did not face immediate harm and therefore could not sue to block the part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 that requires employers to include free birth control in their healthcare programs.

The Nebraska attorney general filed the suit in February on behalf of six other states, two Catholic individuals and three Catholic non-profit institutions.

Republicans in congress have already responded by introducing another bill to allow employers to deny coverage based on their “moral convictions,” defund Planned Parenthood, and — of course — block the implementation of Obamacare.

h/t ThinkProgress

The legislation also states that none of its funds can be used to carry out the Title X family planning program or be used to “implement, administer, enforce, or further the provisions” of the Affordable Care Act.

The bill scraps the provision in Obamacare that requires insurance plans to cover birth control and other preventative health services, allowing any issuer or sponsor of a group health insurance plan to refuse to cover any health care service “on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions.” It also increases restrictions on educating abortion physicians beyond current law and allocates $20 million for “competitive grants to provide abstinence education to adolescents.”

Because the war on women has worked so well for them in the past, they’re bringin’ it back!

The war on Obamacare isn’t exactly polling well anymore either, with a majority of Independents wanting the GOP to get over it and move on in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling.

(h/t The Law Office of Maria Aspiazu)

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  • muselet

    Someone remind me, why do women vote for Republicans?

    –alopecia

  • Not Sayin

    Here’s the stupid part- most big employers like to cover birth control AND elective termination of pregnancy. I work for a large computer manufacturer and I happen to know, just from checking w/ my insurance company out of curiosity, that I can get an early-term outpatient abortion for the cost of an office visit copay. Anything is cheaper than covering a full term pregnancy.

  • vgranucci

    allowing any issuer or sponsor of a group health insurance plan to refuse to cover any health care service “on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

    I wonder how long it will take them to figure out that employers who Jehovah’s Witnesses could refuse to cover blood transfusions?