Eden Foods Loses Contraception Mandate Appeal

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A Michigan natural foods company lost its fight against Obamacare's birth control coverage mandate.

Eden Foods President Michael Potter sought an exemption on religious grounds.

Potter said his "deeply held religious beliefs" prevent him from supporting contraception and abortion.

"Parts of the mandate violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. This overreach of the federal government infringes on religious freedoms," a statement issued by Potter on behalf of Eden Foods read.

But the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against him, saying Eden Foods is a secular, for-profit corporation and cannot "establish that it can exercise religion."

Meanwhile, two more schools - Cornerstone University and Dordt College - filed federal lawsuits against the contraception provision.

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