Updating the Court on the birth-control mandate
The Obama administration notified the Supreme Court on Thursday of two more of its appeals-court victories in the running legal battles over religious groups’ protests against the new birth-control mandate in the federal Affordable Care Act. It did so in a letter submitted in two cases that have been in a kind of legal limbo at the Court for the past month.
The letter by Solicitor General Donald F. Verrilli, Jr., noted new rulings by two federal appeals courts that extended a trend of decisions rejecting claims that the government is trying to coerce religious groups such as colleges, hospitals, and other charities into helping to arrange contraceptive services to which they object for their employees or people they serve, such as college students.
The widespread activity on the non-profits’ challenges is almost certain to produce one or more major test cases for the Court for its next Term, starting in October.
Also see; Justice Alito’s letter