Obamacare bans this sort of meddling from all business owners and nearly all private employers. The only exception is for certain religious institutions, but 13 state attorneys general—all Republicans—say that exception isn't enough. They want private employers with "moral objections" to be granted the same exception.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is the latest to join the list:
DeWine said last night that requiring business owners to include prescriptions such as the morning-after pill, which critics say are abortive, as an employee insurance benefit could be a “direct contradiction” to the religious beliefs of some employers.Uh, as Steve Benen points out, birth control isn't abortion. In fact, it prevents pregnancies, thereby reducing abortions. And the fact that DeWine tries to confuse the two highlights the fact that the issue for social conservatives isn't actually contraception or even abortion: It's about controlling women and regulating their reproductive lives.
“They’re being forced to provide insurance coverage that violates their religious beliefs,” DeWine said. “They’re being forced to provide insurance coverage for a form of abortion. To me, it’s a religious-freedom issue.”