As we reported last week, a divided Sixth Circuit panel granted a motion by Michigan Catholic Conference and Catholic Family Services to halt the so-called contraception mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services that went into effect under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148. See Michigan Catholic Conference, et al. v. Sebelius, et al. (6th Cir. Case No. 13-2723) (PDF). The Michigan plaintiffs claim that the contraception mandate, which requires employers to cover contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health care plans, is a direct attack on their religious freedoms and violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000bb, et seq.
Today we’re on the front page of the LXBN TV website for our continuing coverage of the legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. Check out my video interview with LXBN TV editor Colin O’Keefe as I break down the latest developments in the battle over the contraception mandate, including my analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of a group of nuns in Baltimore who are challenging the mandate.