No Contraception Exception


Glen Whitman observes another way in which economic regulations inevitably bleed over into civil liberties territory: the Supreme Court of California has ruled [PDF] that Catholic charities must provide coverage for birth control in health plans for their employees.

On an admittedly cursory skimming, the court seems to put a lot of weight on the fact that the charities have a "secular" purpose, which raises the question: Who determines the purpose of an organization? Churches, too, serve secular purposes—building community, providing counseling for parishioners.