WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided appeals court panel sided Friday with Ohio business owners who challenged a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) birth control mandate.
The owners are two brothers, Francis and Philip M. Gilardi, who own Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics of Sidney, Ohio. They challenged the mandate on religious grounds. They say the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage would force them to violate their Roman Catholic beliefs and moral values by providing contraceptives such as the morning-after pill for their employees.
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