LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The head of a Pennsylvania company that challenged a contraception coverage requirement under the 2010 federal health care law said the favorable ruling in their case Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court stands for the idea that people should be free to live and work in a way that is consistent with their beliefs.
Anthony Hahn, president and chief executive of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., said the government "must respect our freedom not to participate in the distribution of drugs and devices that can cause an abortion."
The Lancaster-based cabinet maker is owned by a Mennonite family and employs about 1,000 people.
"Americans don't have to surrender their freedom when they open a family business," Hahn said. "All Americans, including family business owners, must be free to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of government punishment."
The company's health plan did not cover contraceptives and morning-after drugs, citing church teaching against terminating a fertilized embryo.