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Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporary blocks ACA contraception component

Hours before coverage was set to begin, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked a component of the Affordable Care Act that mandated some...

Supreme Court halts contraception mandate for religious groups

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By M. Alex Johnson and Winston Wilde, NBC News

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a last-ditch plea from Catholic groups Tuesday night to block a birth control mandate in the new health care law for religious organizations, just hours before it was to have gone into effect.

Sotomayor issued the stay at the request of an order of Catholic nuns in Colorado, part of a larger effort by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation to halt provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require companies — regardless of religious beliefs — to provide contraceptives to their employees.

The groups wanted the mandate halted while the court considers a legal challenge, brought by the for-profit company Hobby Lobby, arguing that the requirement violates their religious liberties.

Read the full story at NBC News.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated the Affordable Care Act requires companies to offer health-care coverage that provides abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. It does not.

 

Related: Birth control, the Supreme Court, and me: How a screed against birth control wound up before the nation’s highest court. 

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Supreme Court halts contraception mandate for religious groups

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