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NWLC Amicus Briefs Supporting the Contraceptive Coverage Benefit

The Center is filing friend of the court briefs in lawsuits challenging the federal contraceptive coverage benefit, brought by employers who want to deny their employees this important benefit.  These cases involve suits brought under the First Amendment to the US Constitution and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  These cases will decide whether a boss’s religious beliefs trump women’s health and women’s access to the health care they need.

The Center’s briefs explain in detail the compelling government interests furthered by the contraceptive coverage benefit.  Specifically, requiring plans to provide contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing is critical to women’s health.  Requiring no-cost contraceptive coverage also promotes gender equality, addressing gender gaps in the provision of health care and improving women’s social and economic outcomes more generally.

Non-Profit Cases

Brief in Sharpe Holdings, Inc., et al. v. HHS (8th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 20 other national, regional, and state organizations (filed May 30, 2014).

Brief in Grace Schools, et al. v. Sebelius and Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc. et al. (7th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 18 other national, regional, and state organizations (filed May 19, 2014).

Brief in Reaching Souls International, Inc., et al. v. Sebelius (10th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 18 other national, regional, and state organizations (filed April 21, 2014).

Brief in Southern Nazarene University et al. v. Sebelius (10th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 20 other national, regional, and state organizations (filed April 14, 2014).

Brief in Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged, Denver Colorado, et al., v. Sebelius (10th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 15 other national, regional, and state organizations (filed April 7, 2014).

Brief in consolidated cases of Priests for Life v. Sebelius and Archbishop of Washington v. Sebelius (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 13 other national and state organizations (filed April 4, 2014).

Brief in consolidated cases of Michigan Catholic Conference v. Sebelius and Catholic Diocese of Nashville v. Sebelius (6th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 21 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed February 27, 2014)

For-Profit Cases

Brief in Beckwith Electronic, et al. v. Sebelius (11th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 13 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed October 28, 2013)

Brief in Domino’s Farms Corp., et al. v. Sebelius (6th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 17 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed August 12, 2013)

Brief in Eden Foods, et al. v. Sebelius (6th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 19 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed July 29, 2013)

Brief in Gilardi, et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 14 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed June 14, 2013)

Brief in Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., et al. v. Sebelius, et al. (3rd Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 15 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed April 22, 2013).

Brief in Annex Medical, Inc., et al. v. Sebelius, et al. (8th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 18 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed April 19, 2013).

Brief in Legatus, et al. v. Sebelius, et al. (6th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 16 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed March 27, 2013).

Brief in Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al. v. Sebelius, et al. (10th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 25 other national, regional, state, and local organizations (filed March 22, 2013).

Brief in Autocam Corp., et al. v. Sebelius, et al. (6th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 22 other national, state, and regional organizations (filed March 21, 2013).

Brief in consolidated cases of Korte v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Grote Industries v. Sebelius   (7th Circuit Court of Appeals), filed on behalf of NWLC and 13 other national organizations (filed March 8, 2013).

Brief in O’Brien v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (8th Circuit Court of Appeals) (filed January 16, 2013).