Saturday, October 01, 2016

ObamaCare Contraception Controversy: Win for Non-Profits and Religious Group? Supreme Court Sends Case Back

ObamaCare Contraception Controversy: Win for Non-Profits and Religious Group? Supreme Court Sends Case Back

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The Supreme Court has decided to stay out of the ObamaCare contraception controversy and returned the matter back to lower courts, asking them to tackle and resolve it soon.

The court gave its verdict in an unsigned opinion on Monday and took itself out of the most controversial election-year topic. “The Court expresses no view on the merits of the cases,” the opinion read. “In particular, the Court does not decide whether petitioners’ religious exercise has been substantially burdened, whether the Government has a compelling interest, or whether the current regulations are the least restrictive means of serving that interest.”

The ObamaCare proposal lists no-cost contraception for women as the need of the hour. It proposes making religious employers like universities or hospitals implement health plans should include the contraception scheme and made available for women. NPR reported that the government has been constantly working on the laws over the past four years. It put efforts to implement the changes to the existing rules that enable religious employers the power to provide contraceptive coverage to female staff.

To this, religious non-profit employers have reacted severely. According to them, giving their consent to the contraception proposal was sinful in their view. The Little Sisters of the Poor’s legal team expressed its joy on the victory on Monday, according to Fox News. “We are very encouraged by the Court’s decision, which is an important win for the Little Sisters. The Court has recognised that the government changed its position,” Becket Fund for Religious Liberty’s senior counsel Mark Rienzi said.

“It is crucial that the Justices unanimously ordered the government not to impose these fines and indicated that the government doesn’t need any notice to figure out what should now be obvious — the Little Sisters respectfully object. There is still work to be done, but today’s decision indicates that we will ultimately prevail in court.”