New York court says insurance must cover contraception

Catholic organizations express disappointment
Catholic Charities and other religious organizations must provide insurance that pays for prescription contraception, New York’s highest court has ruled.

The decision by the state Court of Appeals upholds a January ruling by the appellate division of the state Supreme Court. The judges rejected religious groups’ arguments that the 2002 Women’s Health and Wellness Act violates religious freedom.

Ten religious organizations sued the state in December 2002, claiming that the law requiring health insurers to provide coverage for obstetric and gynecologic care should include a religious exemption for organizations that do not support birth control. The ten groups were seeking to broaden a “religious employer” exemption to include church-related schools and social-service organizations.


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