3 Female Justices Furious in New Contraceptive Ruling
Court lets evangelical college avoid filling out forms on coverage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:09 PM CDT
The Supreme Court in 2010.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – A divided Supreme Court today allowed, at least for now, an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs. The justices said that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal. Instead, it can write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it is a religious nonprofit organization and that it objects to emergency contraception. The college does provide coverage for other birth control.

The unsigned brief drew what the New York Times describes as a "furious reaction" from the court's three female justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor. They said they would have denied Wheaton's request and made the college fill out a form that enables their insurers or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control. “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word,” says the dissent written by Sotomayor. “Not so today.” She was referring to this week's Hobby Lobby case, which "seemed to suggest" that the forms were an OK alternative for employers who objected to paying for coverage, reports the Times. Wheaton contends that even that goes too far.

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HieronymusEponymous
Jul 5, 2014 3:31 AM CDT
The inbred fetal alcohol syndrome babies grow up to be conservatards.
fractal
Jul 4, 2014 1:36 PM CDT
Roberts now has three very angry women on his court. He has bitten off more than he can chew, and doesn't even know it yet...
petseeker11
Jul 4, 2014 1:18 PM CDT
It is only drugs that cause abortion they don't want to pay for. Other contraceptives are covered. I see this as quite fair, Hobby Lobby opposes abortion and they have that right. People can still pay to buy their own abortion drugs, why should THEIR beliefs be shoved down OUR throats? works both ways.