An article on Politico explains the cases before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals involving three business owners who are seeking to avoid compliance with the contraceptive rule of the Affordable Care Act. They are arguing that providing contraceptive coverage violates their personal religious beliefs. The ACLU and the ACLU of Illinois have submitted amicus briefs in both cases.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which has weighed in on several of the lawsuits, says the employers don’t have a direct relationship with using the products they find objectionable.
“The company is buying an insurance plan that covers a whole host of services and then used by someone else to engage in the conduct that is objectionable [to the employer],” said Louise Melling, the ACLU’s deputy legal director. “It’s too attenuated.”