Target: Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU)
Goal: Stand with AU and its allies in their appeal of a federal court to ensure that for-profit businesses can’t deny their employees the right to contraceptive coverage.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, along with allies that include the Anti-Defamation League, the American Civili Liberties Union, and a long list of religious groups, all came together to file a friend-of-the-court brief urging a federal court to protect people’s right to birth control coverage. In the brief, the U.S. Circuit Court is being asked to uphold the contraceptive mandate from the Obama administration, which states that most businesses must provide their employees with health insurance that covers birth control at no cost. Some business owners are trying to impose their personal religious beliefs on their workers by denying them this coverage, but this cannot be permitted any longer.
In the recent case Gilardi vs. Sebelius, brothers Francis and Philip Gilardi claim that because of their Roman Catholic faith, they shouldn’t have to provide their employees coverage. They claim that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act exempts them and their two companies from having to give their workers this access, but according to the AU and a list of other allies, this just isn’t right. The AU has spearheaded, along with the ACLU and others, a friend-of-the-court brief urging the federal appeals court to make sure that the contraceptive mandate, put in place through President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, is upheld in the Gilardi vs. Sebelius case.
The Gilardi case is just one of many cases in which business owners try to impose their personal religious beliefs on their employees when their businesses are for-profit and have no religious affiliation in nature. It is the hope of the AU and its allies that the court will make the right decision in this case and that this will in turn lead to all people having access to affordable birth control through their employers. Sign this petition to take a stand alongside these groups in their appeal and show the court that the American citizens won’t allow this to happen any longer.
Dear Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and allies,
Your recent friend-of-the-court brief that urges the federal court to ensure employees’ access to birth control coverage is both noble and important. The case of Gilardi vs. Sebelius in which the Gilardi brothers use their Roman Catholic beliefs as the reason why they are refusing to provide their employees with birth control coverage is just one of many cases like this throughout the country. Hopefully your brief in this specific case can provoke change on a larger scale.
I am signing this petition to provide you support in your fight against this type of activity, as well as to show the federal court that everyday American citizens are fed up with employers and the religious right who can so easily deny us access to birth control based on their belief system. The court needs to know that not everybody shares the same religious views, and just because the owner of a for-profit, nonreligious business has a set of personal beliefs, that doesn’t mean they can deny their employees access to contraceptives.
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