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Sotomayor Delays O-Care Birth Control Mandate

From the Associated Press:

Justice delays health law’s birth control mandate

Supreme Court justice delays birth control mandate part of health care law for Catholic groups

By Jesse j. Holland | January 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 late Tuesday night decided to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before the law’s insurance coverage went into effect on New Year’s Day.

Does this mean the news media will stop calling her the ‘Wise Latina’?

Her decision, which came after federal court filings by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation in hopes of delaying the requirements, throws a part of the president’s signature law into temporary disarray.

What part of Obama-Care isn’t in ‘disarray’?

At least one federal appeals court agreed with Sotomayor, issuing its own stay against part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The White House on Wednesday issued a statement saying that the administration is confident that its rules "strike the balance of providing women with free contraceptive coverage while preventing non-profit religious organizations with religious objections to contraceptive coverage from having to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for such coverage."

Sotomayor acted on a request from an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged.

Storm troopers in the ‘War On Women.’

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.

Sotomayor, who was in New York Tuesday night to lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball, gave government officials until 10 a.m. EST Friday to respond to her order…

So Supreme Court Justices are now celebrities? Did she get to meet Miley Cyrus?

"The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people," said Mark Rienzi, a lawyer for the nuns. "It doesn’t need to force nuns to participate." …

As Shakespeare once said: ‘Reason not the need.’ After all, this isn’t even so much about contraceptives as it is about making everyone do the government’s bidding. No matter what their personal or religious beliefs.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Sotomayor Delays O-Care Birth Control Mandate”

  1. Must be something to see – to be a fly on the wall when the Church makes it known you will be excommunicated if …


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