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Monday, March 09, 2015

Ind. Decisions - SCOTUS sends Notre Dame contraception mandate challenge back to 7th Circuit

The 7th Circuit decided Notre Dame v. Sebelius (now Burwell) on Feb. 21, 2014. The South Bend Tribune's Bob Blake had this still available detailed coverage. It was followed by this long March 2 SBT story by Madeline Buckley, also still available. Her story was headed " Divided opinions on contraceptive mandate: Notre Dame only religious entity denied contraceptive injunction."

The Notre Dame decision was appealed to the SCOTUS, and today that Court sent the case back to the 7th Circuit. Lawrence Hurley reports for Reuters:

The Supreme Court on Monday threw out an appeals court decision that went against the University of Notre Dame over its religious objections to the Obamacare health law’s contraception requirement.

The justices asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision in favor of the Obama administration in light of the June 2014 Supreme Court ruling that allowed closely held corporations to seek exemptions from the provision.

The court’s action means the February 2014 appeals court ruling that denied the South Bend, Indiana-based Roman Catholic university an injunction against the requirement has been wiped out. * * *

The Notre Dame case was the only appeals court decision on that issue that pre-dated the Hobby Lobby ruling.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 9, 2015 04:20 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions