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Amicus Brief Opposing Overbroad Exemptions to ACA Contraception Mandate

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Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association joined Americans United, ADL, and a variety of other religious and civil liberties organizations in an amicus brief opposing overbroad accomodation of employers refusing to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s requirements regarding contraception coverage. The U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause forbids the government to shift the costs and burdens of objectors’ religious beliefs onto third parties, and an accommodation without a demonstrated substantial burden on religion is an unconstitutional religious preference. 

A PDF of the brief is attached. The signatories include:

  • Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
  • Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
  • Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Global Justice Institute, Metropolitan Community Churches
  • Interfaith Alliance Foundation
  • Men of Reform Judaism
  • Methodist Federation for Social Action
  • National Council of Jewish Women, Inc
  • People For the American Way Foundation
  • Reconstructing Judaism
  • Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
  • Religious Institute, Inc
  • T’ruah
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • Women of Reform Judaism