(Steven Hayward) Remember the Hobby Lobby decision last year, where the Supreme Court sided with employers whose religious faith led them to object to the Obamacare mandate that all health insurance policies must offer contraceptive coverage? The authoritarian and conformist left howled with indignation. Show More Summary
Justice Elena Kagan injects comic book maxims in her ruling on a Spider-Man toy and royalties. The Fifth Circuit rejects religious organizations' challenge to accommodations for the ACA's contraception mandate. The first Asian-Pacific judge takes his oath on the U.S. Show More Summary
On Monday, the Fifth Circuit—one of the most conservative appeals courts in the country—rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate in an opinion written by Judge Jerry E. Smith—one of the most conservative federal judges on the bench. Show More Summary
Another Obamacare challenge stalled last week. The Court of the Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a ruling refusing a rehearing en banc on Priests for Life's challenge to the accommodation that the ACA makes for religious organizations in the matter of contraception coverage under the ACA. According to its Form [...]
Notre Dame has again been denied injunctive relief in its challenge to Obamacare's contraceptive mandate. The Catholic university had claimed that being connected in even the most minor way to the provision of birth control to its faculty and students violated its religious beliefs. Last March, the Seventh Circuit......
The National Women's Law Center claimed that "insurance companies have been breaking the law, and today the Obama administration underscored that it will not tolerate these violations."
Abortion-inducing drugs, free of charge. The Department of Health and Human Services Agency has just announced its stricter rules that insurers must offer 18 free forms of contraception after a report suggested some health plans were charging employees copays for these services, or not offering them at all. “Today’s guidance seeks to eliminate any ambiguity,” […]
The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare's contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. The justices asked an appeals court in Cincinnati to reconsider...Show More Summary
The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out a ruling against a Catholic organization that was being compelled to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives at the threat of being fined by the Internal Revenue Service.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived religious objections by Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee to the Obamacare requirement for contraception coverage, throwing out a lower court decision favoring President Barack Obama’s administration. The justices asked the Cincinnati-based 6th...
Obamacare requires that every insurance policy covers certain things with no additional out-of-pocket charges for the policy-holder. One of those things to be covered is prescribed birth control, whether pills or an IUD or implants or any kind of birth control prescribed by a doctor. Show More Summary
Health insurance coverage of contraceptives like hormonal implants, patches and vaginal rings remains inconsistent for American women, even though the Affordable Care Act requires no-cost access to birth control, according to a report...Show More Summary
You know those ubiquitous BuzzFeed quizzes? The ones trying to help you determine what brand of peanut butter or which Game of Thrones character you are? Well it’s hard not to walk out of oral argument this morning in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Show More Summary
Faith leaders have spoken out against the Affordable Care Act's mandate that employers cover free birth control in their employee health plans —but many of their female followers feel differently.
A History of Contraceptives in America Last week, I began a series of blog posts about contraception and faith. Rather than rehashing the debate that ensued, please refer to Friday's post that discusses contraception, Margaret Sanger, and women's health in the developing world. Show More Summary
The US Supreme Court has ordered the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider their ruling against Norte Dame University in a HHS Contraceptive Mandate case. The 7th Circuit earlier ruled against the university’s lawsuit but since then SCOTUS has made a couple of rulings against the mandate in the Little Sisters of the Poor […]
The University of Notre Dame won an important victory at the Supreme Court Monday morning when the Court granted in its case involving Obamacare's contraception mandate. The "GVR" order (grant, vacate, remand) granted Notre Dame a "writ...Show More Summary
The US Supreme Court sided with religious conservatives Monday in the debate over the contraception mandate under Obamacare when it ordered a lower court to reexamine its ruling. An earlier decision by the 7th U.S. District Court ofShow More Summary
It would have been so easy to permit a religious exemptions from Obamacare coverage requirements that are contrary to the religious values of employers and institutions. Think of the litigation and societal conflict that could have been avoided. But that’s not how this administration rolls. Show More Summary