The Catholic television station EWTN does not need to include contraceptives, sterilization and abortifacients in the health insurance for its employees.
Birmingham (kath.net/LifeNews/jg) An Appeals Tribunal has upheld the concerns of the Catholic television station EWTN and acknowledged an exception to the so-called "contraceptive ordinance" under compulsory health insurance ("Obama Care"). EWTN may waive contraceptive, sterilization and abortifacient benefits in its insurance policies for its employees.
Michael P. Warsaw, Managing Director of EWTN, welcomed the verdict. It was the right choice for the broadcaster and for all those who care about religious freedom in the US. The government and courts have recognized that the contraceptive ordinance is an attempt to unconstitutionally interfere with fundamental rights, he said.
The judgment of 29 November 2018 brings an almost seven-year legal dispute to an end. In February 2012, EWTN sued the Department of Health, then Health Minister Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies. The television station saw in the regulation an inadmissible interference with the religious freedom guaranteed by the constitution.
The lawsuit was dismissed in March 2013 as the Obama administration announced its intention to amend the provisions of the regulation. In October 2013 EWTN complained again because the changes had not affected the broadcasters objections. The state of Alabama and the then Attorney General joined as co-plaintiffs.
In June 2014, the court ruled against EWTN. The station appealed immediately. Thanks to a court order, EWTN was exempt from the provisions of the contraceptive ordinance.
In February 2016, most of the judges of the Court of Appeal voted against EWTN, but suspended the verdict until a similar case was settled before the Supreme Court.
Following the Supreme Court ruling, the Appeals Court overturned EWTN's negative verdict in May 2016. The court requested additional information and suggested that the parties to the dispute make a settlement.
The EWTN and government attorneys agreed in October 2018. The Ministry of Justice agreed not to apply the provisions of the Regulation to EWTN. The appeals court followed the settlement with its judgment of November 29.
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