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Justice delays birth control mandate in Obamacare

By JESSE J. HOLLAND
January 1, 2014

File-In this May 20, 2013,  file photo, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

File-In this May 20, 2013, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama’s new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor decided late Tuesday night to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before portions of the law would have gone into effect on New Year’s Day.

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.

Sotomayor gave government officials until 10 a.m. EST Friday to respond to her order.
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One Response to Justice delays birth control mandate in Obamacare

  1. Pondering_It_All

    January 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    One tiny little problem: One or more of their employees could actually visit a doctor tomorrow, get a birth control prescription, and fill it. Is it covered, or isn’t it? Is it covered if it was not for birth control purposes, but rather one of the many other medical conditions that respond well to those hormones? This should have been determined before January 1st.

    Personally, I think it’s a load of crap since the Catholic Church has long had a policy of issuing birth control pills to nuns who work in parts of the world were rape is common. It’s okay for them to use birth control, but not for ordinary people?