Conestoga's Contraception Challenge Denied by Third Circuit Court

Posted by Wade Vonasek | Posted: 07/30/2013 9:14AM


Conestoga Wood SpecialtiesConestoga CHICAGO - Pennsylvania cabinet and furniture maker Conestoga Wood Specialties’ and its owners challenge to compliance with the federal rule requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception was ruled against by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on July 26, upholding a lower court's denial of a preliminary injunction. The original filing was made on Dec. 4 in Philadelphia U.S. District Court.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case in support of the federal rule urging the court to require Conestoga to comply with the requirement to provide employees with health insurance coverage for all preventive services, including contraceptive care.

Conestoga’s is one of more than 60 cases in the U.S. addressing the rule mandating contraception coverage. In a recent similar case, U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton in Oklahoma City temporarily exempted Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. from the requirement, putting the case on hold until Oct. 1, awaiting an appeal from the federal government.


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Dean Lutes    
TN  |  July, 31, 2013 at 01:43 PM

Who are you to say that I should have no opinion in this matter just because I am a man? I lost a child once due to me having no say in this issue, needless to say that was a PREVIOUS marrage, and she wasn't even working, I was soul provider at the time. Women have choices just like we men, either abstain, or use contraception. Maybe this single mother you speak of should consider these things before she allows herself to get pregnant in the first place. If she is single due to Divorce after child birth then sue the (guy) and get on the Government programs that I pay taxes for, to provide for even her. So don't tell me that this does not effect my life or body just because I'm a man. Single women in this area bring home more than I do on the Government system. I'm very glad that my Mother did not have this attitude, she had to drive 30 miles one way with no husband. I guess I would not be here if she thought like that. With thinking like that, a child has become less important than a stastistic, snuffed out for convienance, so we can keep on living an imoral lifestyle with no responsabilty. What a sick world we live in. The Holy Bible tells us that "The nation that forgets GOD will be turned into Hell". People are not just forgetting, they are throwing him out! I Pray that this World wakes up before it's too late. Maybe God will adopt this line of thinking and wipe all of us out because it would be less for him to deal with.

Robert Clayton    
WA  |  July, 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM

The general idea is that all employers follow the same rules regarding employees. This nominally insures a level playing field among employers and prevents abuses of employees. People have all sorts of deeply held beliefs, religious and otherwise, that rationalize treating others badly. They would do so if laws weren't in place to prevent it. Adhering to a religion in itself, and the degree to which a person further abdicates reason, is entirely an arbitrary personal choice and should convey no right to evade the law. The ready availability of contraception of all types is a very positive thing by all objective social measures. That is simply a fact. Choosing not to accept fact is Constoga's owners' right. Evading the law is not. On a separate note, the compromises of the ACA were very unfortunate and illogical. If there is a mandate for everyone to have insurance that means in essence we are all paying for health care. If we are all paying for health care already,(caveats understood about who actually is paying), why is insurance needed at all? We are as a nation now effectively self insured. What insurance companies add to so called choice is not worth the money we are all paying them. 78% of the people strongly favored a single payer system when that seemed to be an option. A great country should have well cared for citizens. The elderly should be honored and taken care of. Education should be of the highest order, poverty should not exist. I count access to great medical care for all our citizens part of being well cared for. That should be a matter of national pride to us. There is no reason that the land of opportunity should not also be a land of security. One without the other is not greatness.


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