Did you enjoy the Fourth of July? Well… while you were gorging yourself on firecracker popsicles, the Supreme Court surprised everyone…
In a 6 to 3 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that Wheaton College, a Christian school, could decide (temporarily) not to participate in the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, even if a workaround was possible.
Under the Health Care Legislation, religious non-profits can sign a form, creatively titled “Form 700,” that exempts them from insuring birth control. By signing, the employer shifts the responsibility onto its insurer. Bottom line? Religious non-profits don’t have to directly provide contraceptives and employees still get access to affordable birth control. Everybody wins! Well, not in this case: Wheaton College argued that signing Form-700 is still a violation of its religious liberties, and The Supreme Court agreed.
Like a clairvoyant out an Allende novel, Justice Ginsberg knew this was going to happen, and in her dissent of Hobby Lobby wrote, “The Court, I feared, has ventured into a minefield.”
Yup, Notorious R.B.G called it. All three women on the bench strongly oppose the Court’s Wheaton decision with Justice Sotomayor warning the decision could undermine confidence in the court: “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word, not so today,” she said.
CREDIT: Alicia Menendez, Claudia Pou and Andrea Torres.