"Only hours before the law was to take effect, a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision came after a flurry of efforts by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop today’s start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Sotomayor acted on a request from an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. Its request for an emergency stay had been denied earlier in the day by a federal appeals court.
The government is “temporarily enjoined from enforcing against applicants the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” Sotomayor said in the order. "
Read full story here: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jan/01/tp-justice-blocks-birth-control-mandate
Good for Justice Sotomayor. Ironically an Obama appointee.She can sleep with a clear conscience on this one.
I went over to the enemy camp to check on the vile comments that would follow such a ruling. They were vile. Some just showed a total lack of understanding how the HHS mandate tramples on freedom of religion.Of course a number of the comments said that religion should be stamped out period.It's no wonder they supported the mandate.
It's called freedom of conscience or not being forced by law to violate what your religious beliefs consider to be a grave moral evil.
They also pointed out that Catholics use birth control.Not the point. We don't decide what Church teaching should be based on how many people agree with it.
Keep an eye on this case. The implications are very important in the battle against the HHS mandate. There was no compromise from the Obama administration.They said the nuns could not be forced BUT (and here comes the but)they would still be supporting a third party that could pay for for contraception/abortion/abortifacients.
(Sorry spell check but that's the correct spelling).
If you want to use any of the above there is nothing stopping you. If the Little Sisters of the Poor are exempt from paying for it-and they don't support a third party that could pay for it there is nothing to stop anyone from getting it elsewhere.