Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) granted cert to seven cases regarding contraception and religious refusals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
“On Friday, for the fourth time in three years, the Supreme Court agreed to rule on challenges to the new federal health care law — this time, religious non-profit institutions’ objection to the Affordable Care Act’s birth-control mandate, which requires employers to provide their female employees with health insurance that includes no-cost access to certain forms of birth control,” SCOTUSblog explained. “The Court accepted parts of all seven cases on that issue filed with it under the ACA.”
While some have already termed this case as “Hobby Lobby Round 2,” this case only relates to religious non-profits.
Last year, SCOTUS issued a ruled in the Hobby Lobby case that closely held for-profit corporations are exempt from complying with the ACA contraception mandate based on religious belief under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
While these cases have been brought on the issue of birth control, if the Court finds in favor of the religious non-profits it could result in the employees of religious non-profits having difficult accessing other types of medication including PrEP, hormone therapy, and fertility treatments.
The seven cases will be consolidated and will be heard in late March.