Birth Control mandate may hit supreme court soon

Or so reports the Associated Press’ Rachel Zoll.

As conflicting resolutions stack up, and the nature of which organizations can claim a “religious exemption” from having to provide birth control becomes more contentious, a supreme court ruling becomes almost inevitable.

From the article:

Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits against the mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance that covers contraception for free. However, many for-profit business owners are also suing, claiming a violation of their religious beliefs.

The religious lawsuits have largely stalled, as the Department of Health and Human Services tries to develop an accommodation for faith groups. However, no such offer will be made to individual business owners. And their lawsuits are yielding conflicting rulings in appeals courts around the country.

“The circuits have split. You’re getting different, conflicting interpretations of law, so the line of cases will have to go to the Supreme Court, `’ said Carl Esbeck, a professor at the University of Missouri Law School who specializes in religious liberty issues.

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