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‘Religious freedom’ now threatens PrEP insurance cover thanks to a Texas judge

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ruled yesterday that paying for PrEP via the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.Christian businesses Braidwood Management and Kelley Orthodontics brought the case against the US Department of Health.

The former has 70 employees and is owned by Steven Hotze, a conservative activist in Texas.The businesses argued that PrEP conflicted with their owners’ religious beliefs.

They claim paying for PrEP, “forces religious employers to provide coverage for drugs that facilitate and encourage homosexual behavior, prostitution, sexual promiscuity, and intravenous drug use.”This is not the first time Judge O’Connor, described by The Hill as a “notorious Republican”, has taken a swipe at the ACA.

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