ObamaCare Contraception Suits Pile Up
Get ready, Supreme Court
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 26, 2013 2:44 PM CST
In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during his final news conference of his first term in the East Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The lawsuits over ObamaCare's contraception mandate are appearing almost weekly in federal courts, and it's just a matter of time before the Supreme Court addresses the issue, experts tell the New York Times. It's not just religious groups that are suing: Private companies like Hobby Lobby have kicked up a fuss, too. And different courts have come down on either side of the issue. Some judges are allowing companies to avoid complying with the law while their cases are in court; others are backing the government.

The law requires employers to fund all "contraceptive methods and sterilization procedures." "Religious employers" don't have to follow the law, but some related organizations don't fit the government's strict definition—for example, because their client base encompasses a wide range of religious backgrounds. Courts have called on the government to address the exemption issue. Meanwhile, scholars are taking varying viewpoints: Religious groups "ought to be able to run themselves in accordance with their religious teachings," says one. But another notes: "You could have an objection of conscience to anything the government wants you to do."

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Jan 31, 2013 2:14 PM CST
This is such an inspirational story. The fact that so many organizations are willing to stand up for their rights shows that our country still has hope. Hobby Lobby and others are doing their country an incredible service by standing up to government bullies. Their defiance is a necessary part of ending the threat of Obamacare and the Roberts’ decision. There is also a movement underway which is also a necessary part of ending the Obamacare threat to Americans and our founding principles. It involves amending our Constitution so that the decisions such as the Roberts’ interpretation of government power NEVER happens again. We are the Mandate Amendment Coalition and we have been successful in opening up coalitions in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and California in the very short amount of time we have been in existence. We have also earned the unanimous endorsement of the Massachusetts Libertarian Association. Our Coalition knows the only way to truly address the threat Obamacare poses is to strike at the heart of this dangerous precedent now, while much of our country is appalled by the decision and while the infrastructure of and dependence upon this law has not yet been sewn into the fabric of our country. The amendment reads as follows: "Congress shall make no law mandating the purchase of a product or service from a private entity" This effort is just in the beginning stages, we can use all the help we can get, just Google Mandate Amendment or find us on Facebook.
Jan 27, 2013 1:19 PM CST
Given the SCOTUS ruled corporations are people for purposes of influencing our politics, it makes total sense corporations/businesses (people) shouldn't be required to pay for other people's medical needs, especially contraception (which is anathema to the Roman Church and certain factions of Protestants). I should imagine the SCOTUS will hold off on taking a case until closer to the 2014 Mid-Term elections in order to have the maximum impact for the GOP Ultra Right and social groups. Chief Justice Stevens is very close to making his court a tool of politicians.
Jan 27, 2013 10:13 AM CST
Don't hire woman under the age of 60.