Hobby Lobby Case: Does the government have a compelling interest to mandate this contraception coverage?
As a member of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute for 2014, I have pledged to raise the voice of our faith community on issues of reproductive justice. In our first Hobby Lobby post, we asked a few questions based on the summary at Supreme Court blog. In this post, we continue to look at these questions and their potential impact from a layperson's perspective.
Does the government have a compelling interest to mandate this contraception coverage?
The Episcopal Church supports contraception use in aid of family planning. From Resolution 1994-D009:
Resolved, That the Episcopal Church, in order to improve the quality of life for all, commend to the several dioceses and agencies of the Episcopal Church as well as to the relative structures of the Anglican Communion programs and projects to provide information to all men and women on the full range of affordable, acceptable, safe, and non-coercive contraceptive and reproductive health care services, utilizing educational programs which start with parents and their children;
I think it's important to understand just why contraception coverage specifically, but women's reproductive health care more generally, is such an essential part of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The Guttmacher Institute has a fact sheet and video that provide background information:
Fact Sheet on Contraceptive Use
-Guttmacher Institute, August 2013