Two KC area firms won’t have to comply with birth control mandate


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City-area companies that challenged the Affordable Care Act’s so-called contraception mandate won’t be required to cover birth control as part of their employees’ health care plans.

Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, Senior U.S. District Judge Ortrie Smith on Wednesday barred federal officials from enforcing the requirement against Randy Reed Automotive Inc. and Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.

Smith issued separate – and except for the names of the companies – identically worded orders in the cases. The outcomes were expected in the wake of the Hobby Lobby decision.


This is good news. Perhaps it will encourage other companies with moral objections to the HHS mandate to file lawsuits.


I guess at the end of all this legal to-ing and fro-ing, it is now enshrined in law that religious concerns need to be taken seriously when legislating on the issue of reproduction.

Perhaps one of the unforeseen outcomes as far as the architects of the Affordable Health Care are concerned.


Well, religious liberty has always been enshrined in law. The outcome of the Hosanna-Tabor case ought to have given the administration notice that, yes, the first amendment still protects the free exercise of religion.

But to this administration, ‘free exercise of religion,’ just means we won’t interfere with you going to Mass on Sunday. Your religious beliefs are fair game everywhere else. And it enshrines birth control at a much higher level than nearly anything else. It still won’t let the Little Sisters of the Poor off the hook of the HHS mandate.


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