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Supreme Court Appears Divided on Contraceptive Coverage

Posted Mar 24, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments  in Zubik v. Burwell, seven consolidated cases on the birth control mandate that were appealed by religious non-profit schools, colleges, hospitals, charities and Roman Catholic clergy.  At issue is whether the HHS contraceptive-coverage mandate and its accommodation violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by forcing religious nonprofits to act in violation of their sincerely held religious beliefs.  According to articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post, the justices appeared to be split on this issue.  Without Justice Scalia’s vote, many in the news media are predicting a 4-4 split which would affirm the appeals court decisions.  Read the argument analysis in SCOTUSblog.