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Supreme Court sends ObamaCare contraception mandate case back to lower courts

May 16, 2016

The Supreme Court punted Monday on a challenge by religious-affiliated employers to ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, sending the election-year dispute back to the lower courts.

The justices had been considering whether religious-affiliated institutions like the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity of nuns, can be exempt from having to pay for — or indirectly allow — birth control and other reproductive coverage in their health plans.

But the court did not rule on the merits. Instead, the justices sent the cases back to the appeals courts to make new decisions based on recent statements.


The decision ducks, for now, a high-profile dispute before the Supreme Court at the height of an election year — at a time when the court is dealing with a vacancy following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

The matter almost certainly would not return to the Supreme Court until after the 2016 presidential election.


The Little Sisters of the Poor’s legal team nevertheless declared victory Monday.

“We are very encouraged by the Court’s decision, which is an important win for the Little Sisters. The Court has recognized that the government changed its position,” (Read More)


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