The federal government insists that the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups enable their insurance companies to provide contraceptives for their employees. There is to be no religious exemption, and yet big corporations like Pepsi, Visa, Exxon, and Chevron are exempt from the requirement. This is because their existing plans have been grandfathered in under Obamacare. In fact, as many as a third of Americans are in plans that are exempt from the mandate. So in what sense is providing free contraception such a compelling government interest that it overrides religious liberty?
This point came out in the Supreme Court arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, involving not only the Little Sisters of the Poor but also over 30 other religious non-profits that have joined the case.