Critics of contraception mandate vow Supreme Court appeal

Opponents of the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act will appeal to the Supreme Court in a final bid to not offer birth control coverage in employer-based plans.

Critics of the contraception mandate in President Obama's healthcare law said they will appeal to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court declined to re-hear their case Wednesday.
Alliance for Defending Freedom, one of the organizations challenging the contraception mandate in the courts, said it will ask the Supreme Court to consider whether the mandate is unconstitutional.
The case in question was filed by the owners of Conestoga, a cabinet-making company. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last month that the owners could not challenge the contraception mandate.
The requirement to include birth control in employees' healthcare plans applies to corporations, not the people who own them, the court said, so the owners could not sue based on their personal religious objections to birth control.
The company had asked for a hearing before the full 3rd Circuit, but the court denied that request Wednesday.
“Every American, including family business owners, should be free to live and do business according to their faith," Alliance for Defending Freedom said in a statement vowing to appeal to the Supreme Court.