Judy Waxman of the National Women’s Law Center said religious freedom is not threatened by the health-coverage requirement. “Religious freedom is guaranteed to the individual, and 98% of American women use contraception at some time in their lives. And that is true for Catholics as well,” she said.
But lawyers challenging the rule say the dispute is not about women using contraception, but about forcing the Catholic Church to pay for it. Hannah Smith, a former law clerk to Justices Samuel A. AlitoJr.and Clarence Thomas, filed the two college suits on behalf of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.