ObamaCare Contraception Suits Pile Up

Get ready, Supreme Court

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 26, 2013 2:44 PM CST

(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."

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)
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