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Contraception is the practice of reducing the likelihood that coitus will result in procreation. No form of contraception entirely removes this possibility.

Some religious denominations - notably the Catholic Church - regard contraception as immoral, claiming that it contradicts God's commandments to "Go forth and multiply." This has lead to controversial announcements in opposition to the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS in Africa and to lift from the impoverished the curse of progeny whom they cannot support.

United States

The Affordable Care Act originally mandated that non-religious organisations that provide health insurance to employees must include contraception. In 2014, the supreme court ruled that "closely held" family controlled corporations may choose to deny provision of contraceptions under health insurance provided to employees on the grounds of religious freedom. The dissenting supreme court judges wrote:

"In a decision of startling breadth, the court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law ... they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs [1]"

Companies that are largely owned by non-managing shareholders are still required to provide contraception under the Affordable Care Act. Religious organisations are already exempt from the law.


  1. Lawrence Hurley, U.S. justices uphold firms' religious objections to contraception, Jun 30, 2014

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