Government can too be in the bedroom;
The Supreme Court issued a temporary order on Thursday giving Wheaton College a way to avoid an arrangement offered by the Obama administration to religious nonprofits that object to health-care law's contraception-coverage requirements. That provision results in the cost of contraceptive coverage being covered by an insurance company.
The court's three female justices, in an unusual 17-page dissent to the Wheaton order, wrote that an all-male majority expanded the Affordable Care Act's religious exceptions beyond Monday's decision in the case of Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., and consequently added confusion to the application of the contraception rules.
Thursday's order, which sets no legal precedent and applies only to Wheaton, allows the school to avoid covering birth control without filing a form with its insurer asserting religious objections to emergency contraception—which would trigger the third-party coverage. The order will expire once a federal appeals court rules in the school's case.
Dozens of religious nonprofit schools, organizations and business owners have pursued legal challenges to the health care law's birth-control-coverage requirements.Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof....