By Lara Seligman - 08/01/13 03:45 PM EDT
"It’s time for the House Majority to stop trying to take benefits away from women and instead start working on the American people’s number one priority: creating jobs and strengthening our economy."
The birth control mandate requires that most employers cover a range of birth control methods in their worker health plans without a copay.
It is particularly contentious among for-profit business owners who object to birth control and argue that facilitating access to it violates their religious beliefs.
The mandate includes several exemptions and work-arounds for explicitly religious institutions.
Churches and houses of worship can ignore the rules, and religiously affiliated employers will not be required to pay for, offer or facilitate birth control coverage themselves.
A federal appeals court ruled last week that the owners of Conestoga, a private cabinet-making company, could not challenge the contraception mandate because of their personal religious beliefs.
The decision conflicts with another federal appeals court’s ruling, increasing the likelihood that the issue will go to the Supreme Court.