The majority of adults in America believe businesses and organizations, even those with conflicting religious principles, should be required to provide coverage of contraception and birth control for their employees, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.
At issue is a Department of Health and Human Services mandate under the health care law (a.k.a. "ObamaCare"), which requires the coverage, even if it violates the employer's religious convictions.
About 40 business and religious organizations have filed suit claiming the HHS mandate violates the Constitution under the First Amendment and also conflicts with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
According to the LifeWay Research survey, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of American adults agree businesses should be required to provide their employees with free contraception and birth control, even if it runs counter to the owners' religious principles. Twenty-eight percent disagree and 10 percent selected "Don't Know."
The opinions change somewhat when taking into consideration religious affiliation of the organization. Fifty-three percent agree Catholic and other religious schools, hospitals and charities should be required to provide the coverage, while 33 percent disagree.
In considering whether nonprofits should be required to provide the coverage, 56 percent of adults agree and 32 percent disagree they should be required to follow the mandate even if it goes against their religious beliefs.
SOURCE: Russ Rankin