Editor's note: The article originally said the Supreme Court would hear arguments on Monday, March 24, but, in fact, the arguments begin on Tuesday, March 25. We regret the error.

WASHINGTON, DC, March 21, 2014 ( – Obamacare’s contraception mandate puts women at risk of developing cancer, argues an amicus brief filed in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Sebelius v. Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., which go before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The cases challenge the constitutionality of the individual mandate, which forces employers to provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, both privately owned companies, have brought the claim on the grounds of religious freedom. They believe providing contraceptive coverage violates the conscience of the corporation’s owners.


The brief, filed by the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, as well as other groups represented by the Bioethics Defense Fund, states, “We contest the Obama administration’s absurd claim that use of contraceptive steroids constitutes women’s ‘preventative’ healthcare.”

Defending the supposed women’s health interest is necessary for the government to comply with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. As summarized by SCOTUSblog, the 1993 law says “the government ‘shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion’ unless that burden is the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest.”

According to the brief, the government willfully misled the public, relying “on a biased and incomplete Institute of Medicine report that selectively disregarded a large body of relevant, widely available, scientifically sound research.”

Evidence points to the fact that contraception use can lead to numerous health risks such as heart attacks, strokes, sexually transmitted diseases, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, breast cancer and loss of bone mineral density.

“These increased risks have been recognized by reputable national and international medical authorities,” the brief states, “including the research arm of the World Health Organization which has classified combined oral contraceptives as ‘Group 1: Carcinogenic to Humans’.”

Karen Malec, president of The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, says, “Clearly, the Obama administration is doing what’s best for big business—Big Pharma and Big Abortion—despite the harm its mandate will inflict on women’s health.”


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