Supreme Court Orders New Review of ObamaCare Suit

Lawsuit claims violation of religious freedoms

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 26, 2012 12:16 PM CST

(Newser) – The court cases continue for ObamaCare, with the Supreme Court today ordering a Virginia appeals court to review a lawsuit over the law's provisions regarding reproductive rights. Virginia's evangelical Liberty University had filed an earlier lawsuit arguing that the individual mandate meant taxpayer dollars would fund abortions and contraception, thus violating religious freedoms. The Richmond-based appeals court tossed the suit last year, but the school re-filed it, saying it deserves another look following the Supreme Court's June ruling.

That decision left the door open to legal challenges to some parts of the law. It's unclear when the appeals court will reexamine Liberty University v. Geithner, CNN notes. It could seek new arguments from both the university and the federal government. The Obama administration hasn't opposed the re-filing of the suit, though it disagrees with claims the law provides taxpayer-funded abortions.

In this Oct. 19, 2010 file photo, Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.
In this Oct. 19, 2010 file photo, Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.   (AP Photo/Don Heupel, File)
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