Brett Kavanaugh on Families & Children



Allow churches to exclude contraceptives from insurance

On the DC Circuit, Kavanaugh dissented in the 2015 case of Priests for Life v. Department of Health and Human Services, focused on a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act. He dissented when the DC Circuit declined a full court review of a religious group's objection to the process for employers seeking to opt out of the mandate to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Priests for Life had challenged the process for certifying eligibility for exemptions, contending the paperwork involved burdened religious rights. Kavanaugh agreed, saying, "To plaintiffs, the act of submitting this form would, in their religious judgment, impermissibly facilitate delivery of contraceptive and abortifacient coverage."

He said that rather than a form, the group could--as the Supreme Court had allowed in separate cases--be permitted to simply notify the secretary of health and human services in writing that it objects to providing coverage for contraceptives.

Source: CNN.com on lead-up to SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Jul 9, 2018

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