WASHINGTON (November 1, 2013)
A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided Friday with Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate under the new federal health care law.
The business owners, brothers Francis and Philip M. Gilardi, say the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage would make them violate their Roman Catholic beliefs.
The ruling Friday is one of many on the birth control issue, which likely will be resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The appeals court panel said the mandate limits the right of free exercise of religion.
The Gilardis say they don’t want to provide contraceptives such as the Plan B pill for their employees.
The Gilardis own Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio.