The unsigned order means the religiously affiliated nonprofit does not need to comply with the mandate while its legal challenge proceeds.
At least three students are challenging the university’s position that making contraception coverage available to students and staff violates the school’s religious liberty.
The Supreme Court won’t take a look at Arizona’s 20-week abortion ban, but it will consider a bunch of free speech challenges to abortion rights protections.
In late March, the Roberts Court will consider whether corporations are people under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and whether the First Amendment recognizes corporate religious rights.
Little Sisters has been getting a lot of attention as an example of how conservatives’ battle against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate looks more like culture-war ritual than a good-faith effort to productively resolve the conflict between church and state. But there are many other, more typical cases.
The latest court challenges to the birth control benefit show how much the fight against the contraception mandate is really about the Christian right trying to establish an employer’s “right” to control your private sex life.
The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance cover contraception equally does not infringe on religious rights, the administration argued.
In a narrow New Year’s Eve ruling, Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked the contraception mandate from applying to a group of Catholic employers, while the Supreme Court considers taking up whether the accommodation for religiously affiliated employers goes far enough.
The Roberts Court granted review of two cases challenging the birth control benefit to decide the question of whether or not corporations have religious exercise rights.
In briefs filed Monday, both the Obama administration and the retail craft giant Hobby Lobby urged the Roberts Court to take up the challenges to the contraception mandate.