Temporary stay delays health law's birth control mandate

USA Today offers clear explanation of the delay issued by Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

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. She gave government officials until 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT) Friday to respond to her order.

The law requires employers to provide insurance that covers a range of preventive care, free of charge, including contraception....

Sotomayor's decision to delay the contraceptive portion of the law was joined by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which also issued an emergency stay for Catholic-affiliated groups challenging the contraceptive provision.

The article includes the arguments from the nuns lawyers.

Comments (4)

If it was called the Profits McProfits Home for the Aged, would Sonia & SCOTUS get it?

It's *irrelevant* that an order of nuns runs this nursing home. It's a BUSINESS, w/ employees. And those *employees* ought to be able to make their OWN health care decisions (inc. re contraception), NOT their bosses!

JC Fisher

The religious beliefs of the nuns have ethical consequences, affecting the lives of the (probably poor) young women who work for them.

Ormonde, affect? Yes. Dictate? Heavens, NO!

JC Fisher

Conversely, let's all look forward to our Jehovah's Witness business owners denying us employees blood transfusions: "ethical consequences".

Are Christian Scientists going to be allowed to avoid the Affordable Care Act altogether? The problem of denominational purity codes could be avoided if all health care insurance was covered for all citizens by the government instead of through the present crazy patchwork.

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