Stunning: ACA Mandate for Religious Organizations Blocked by Justice Sotomayor

January 1, 2014


Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked implementation of portions of Obamacare that would have forced religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control, abortifacients, and sterilizations.

Her decision came Tuesday evening after Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation rushed to the federal courts to stop the portions to take effect January 1st. She acted on a request from Catholic nuns in Colorado whose request for a stay had been denied by the lower courts.

Sotomayor gave the government until Friday morning to respond.

This was a last minute effort by the Catholic organizations, which included the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Catholic University and the Michigan Catholic Conference.

Obamacare dictates that the government makes the decision as to what is or is not a religious organization and who has the right to conscience. The definition is so narrow that it excludes all religious colleges, schools, hospitals, and charitable facilities.

The justices have already accepted the cases of businesses that seek to use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control, abortifacients, and sterlizations for employees. The court will consider two cases involving Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain with 13,000 full-time employees, and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a Pennsylvania company that employs 950 people in making wood cabinets.

Hobby Lobby won in the lower courts while Conestoga Wood Specialties lost. The combined cases probably will be argued in late March with a decision coming by summer.

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6 Responses to Stunning: ACA Mandate for Religious Organizations Blocked by Justice Sotomayor

  1. Jim
    January 1, 2014 at 1:04 am

    When it suits his political convenience, Obama gives out exemptions to ObamaCare like they’re candy.
    It’s a very different story when the disputed mandates involve threats to our Freedom of Religion. Here he simply exempts his law from First Amendment guarantees.

  2. Barbara
    January 1, 2014 at 4:06 am

    As our religious institutions struggle and scramble to protect their freedom of conscience this is barely known by Americans.

    If the Catholic hospitals, universities and charities close, it will be too late and Americans will be shocked…and looking to blame someone. Wonder how this will be spun by the media?

  3. Sara Noble
    Sara Noble
    January 1, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Let’s pray this isn’t some sleight-of-hand.

    • gatman7
      January 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      I agree. Why is Obama’s team letting this one go?

  4. Barbara
    January 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    This is a narrow ruling affecting only the nuns and their insurance companies. And this has no guarantee of not being overturned. Only a very, very few religious institutions have been protected by stays on the fines for not compromising their religious beliefs.

    The Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods case will not address the main issue in the religious institution cases. Those cases will have to be heard in a separate case before the Supreme Court.

    The attacks on religious liberty are from every direction per the HHS mandate.

    And then we have yet to discuss the fact that most Americans will be paying into an “abortion slush fund” as part of each premium payment they make when they sign up for a policy on the healthcare exchanges.

    And they won’t even be aware that their dollars are paying for abortions.

    And Stupak, of the “Stupak agreement” is SHOCKED that this could happen and has stated he thinks its illegal.

    What did he expect? He doth protest too much.

  5. TaterSalad
    January 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    “No big deal” according to liberals but tell this to the people who will lose their healthcare insurance! –

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