A case brought forth by a mining company challenging the required coverage of contraception without a copay by employer health care plans was dismissed Friday in a Missouri court. The mining company argued that the requirement was conflicting with its owners religious beliefs. However, the court ruled that the contraception rule does not prevent the employer from practicing his faith, namely, “from keeping the Sabbath, from providing a religious upbringing for his children, or from participating in a religious ritual such as communion.” In addition, the court ruled that employers cannot use claims of religious liberty to force their religious beliefs on others.
This ruling is the first one of thirty cases pending in Missouri and the ACLU has called this a major victory for women. For more information, see the following links.