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It’s Round Two for ACA’s Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

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July 8, 2015, National Law Journal

Houston Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University and Pennsylvania-based Westminster Theological Seminary filed the petition for review, represented by Paul Clement of Bancroft and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Clement successfully argued Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in 2014, in which a 5-4 high court held that the contraceptive insurance requirement violated the exercise of religion by closely held corporations and their religious owners.

“The Supreme Court should step in and tell the federal government that separation of church and state is a two-way street,” said Diana Verm, legal counsel at the Becket Fund. “The state should not be able to take over parts of the church—including these religious ministries—just so it has an easier way of distributing life-terminating drugs.