SCOTUS to 7th Circuit: Review Notre Dame birth control case

March 9, 2015

The Supreme Court is ordering the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to take another look at the University of Notre Dame’s lawsuit concerning the overhaul of federal health care rules on paying for contraceptives.

Notre Dame is among dozens of religious organizations that have challenged a compromise in the Affordable Care Act offered by the Obama administration to faith-based groups. The compromise attempts to create a buffer for faith-based groups that oppose birth control, while ensuring that women still can obtain contraceptives free of charge.

The federal appeals court in Chicago ruled against Notre Dame, but that occurred before the Supreme Court decided the Hobby Lobby case in favor of corporations with similar objections. Now the appellate panel must revisit its ruling in light of the Hobby Lobby decision.

The Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday, vacating and remanding denial of an injunction sought by Notre Dame, which the 7th Circuit affirmed in February 2014.


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