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  • Symposium Commentary: The ACA's Other Mandate: Contraceptive Coverage, Conscientious Objection, and Reproductive Rights

    I will be talking about is the issue of the compelling state interest regarding requiring insurers to provide coverage for birth control, and issue that New York State’s courts have tried to the highest levels, California has moved to the highest levels, and that there are 33 lawsuits that have been filed already. None so far have been successful, several have been dismissed for lack of brightness but certainly we’re not done on this issue. Though let me tell you, the Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division, and the trial level here in New York, all of that very sound rationale is being upheld. The compelling state interest has even been upheld recently in a Missouri court by a judge George Bush appointee to the Court.