May 17, 2016

THE U-S SUPREME COURT FAILED TO RESOLVE A DISPUTE BETWEEN FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OVER BIRTH CONTROL TODAY


THE U-S SUPREME COURT FAILED TO RESOLVE A DISPUTE BETWEEN FAITH-BASED GROUPS AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OVER BIRTH CONTROL TODAY, THE LATEST INDICATION OF THE SHORTHANDED COURT'S STRUGGLE TO FIND A MAJORITY FOR IMPORTANT CASES TAKEN UP BEFORE JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA'S DEATH.  THE JUSTICES ASKED LOWER COURTS TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT THE ISSUE IN A SEARCH FOR A COMPROMISE, ISSUING AN UNSIGNED, UNANIMOUS OPINION. THE CASE CONCERNS THE ADMINISTRATION'S ARRANGEMENT FOR SPARING FAITH-BASED GROUPS FROM HAVING TO PAY FOR BIRTH CONTROL FOR WOMEN COVERED UNDER THEIR HEALTH PLANS. THE OUTCOME SUGGESTED THE COURT LACKED A MAJORITY FOR SUCH A SIGNIFICANT RULING, UNDERSCORING THE EFFECT OF JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA'S DEATH. THE LACK OF A RESOLUTION LEAVES THE GOVERNMENT ABLE FOR NOW TO ENSURE THAT WOMEN COVERED BY FAITH-BASED GROUPS' HEALTH PLANS HAVE ACCESS TO COST-FREE CONTRACEPTIVES. BUT THOSE WHO DON'T ARE NOT BEING FINED.


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