We have filed briefs opposing over a dozen challenges to the coverage requirement brought by religious non-profit organizations.

Non-profit organizations challenged the religious accommodation that allows religious entities to refuse to provide their students and employees with insurance coverage for contraception. Under the accommodation, an entity need only state its objection in writing, and the government will arrange for a third-party to pay for and provide the coverage instead. Remarkably, many entities have challenged this accommodation in court—insisting that the mere act of requesting it violates their religious freedom. 

Leading up to Zubik v. Price, nearly every Court of Appeals to consider the question rejected the non-profit organizations’ argument and upheld the accommodation. In Zubik, however, the Supreme Court sent these cases back to the Courts of Appeals to consider additional accommodations. In January 2017, after requesting information from the public, the Obama administration concluded that there was no feasible alternative. Unfortunately, no resolution has been reached and these women’s access to contraception remains in limbo. 

In May 2017, President Trump signed a "religious freedom" executive order  aimed in part at attacking women’s access to birth control. The executive order started the process to roll back the contraception coverage rule. Just a few weeks later, media reports included leaked draft regulations that would allow any employer or university, even for-profit corporations, to use religion as an excuse to refuse to cover birth control in their employees’ and students’ health insurance. 

In one of the cases sent back to the lower courts, University of Notre Dame v. Price, we represent students who would lose their insurance coverage for contraception under the new regulations. We will continue to fight in court to make sure these students and all women like them have affordable, seamless access to contraception.




Catholic Health Care System v. Price (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit)

The decision from the Court of Appeals rejecting the religious organizations’ claims
(August 7, 2015)

Our brief to the Court of Appeals (June 3, 2014)


East Baptist Texas University v. Price (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit)

The decision from the Court of Appeals rejecting the religious organizations’ claims (June 22, 2015)

Our brief to the Court of Appeals (September 23, 2014)


Geneva College v. Price (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)

The interim order from the U.S. Supreme Court (June 29, 2015)

The decision from the Court of Appeals rejecting the religious organizations’ claims (February 11, 2015)

Our brief to the Court of Appeals (June 17, 2014)


Little Sisters of the Poor v. Price (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit)

The decision from the Court of Appeals rejecting Little Sisters of the Poor’s claims
(July 14, 2015)

Our brief to the Court of Appeals (April 3, 2014)

The interim order from the U.S. Supreme Court (January 24, 2014)


Michigan Catholic Conference v. Price (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)

The decision from the Court of Appeals rejecting the religious organizations’ claims (June 11, 2014)

Our brief to the Court of Appeals (February 27, 2014)



Wheaton College v. Price (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit)

The decision from the Court of Appeals rejecting Wheaton College’s claims (July 1, 2015)

The interim order from U.S. Supreme Court (July 3, 2014)