Firm loses appeal in contraception provision fight

CLINTON, Mich. (AP) — A federal court has ruled against a southeastern Michigan natural foods company’s claims that it should be exempt on religious grounds from the contraception provision in the federal health care law.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion Thursday on Eden Foods and its president Michael Potter’s appeal of a lower court decision.

The law requires employers to provide workers with free contraceptive coverage.

Clinton-based Eden Foods and Potter say that offering contraceptive services to employees would burden their religious beliefs and step on protections under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Potter says in his complaint that his “deeply held religious beliefs” prevent him from supporting contraception and abortion.

The court says Eden Foods is a secular, for-profit corporation and can’t “establish that it can exercise religion.”

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