On July twenty-ninth the House voted to withhold funds that would be used to enforce San Francisco’s new law, which requires companies that do business with the city to offer health and other benefits to same-sex domestic partners. Rep. Frank Riggs, R-California, sponsored and defended the amendment saying, “We should not force or coerce private business to adopt policies they find morally objectionable.” However, the San Francisco Ordinance does not force companies to do anything. It simply allows the city to deny business from companies it finds morally objectionable.
While Riggs spoke passionately on behalf of his amendment he did not have as many vocal supporters as did the opposition. The amendment was passed quietly and shamefully.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .