Supreme Court Decision Remanding Contraceptive Case

Unable to reach a decision, the Supreme Court has remanded the religious Affordable Care Act contraceptive case to the lower court for compromise.

Document Excerpt

In light of the positions asserted by the parties in theirsupplemental briefs, the Court vacates the judgmentsbelow and remands to the respective United States Courtsof Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Tenth, and D. C. Circuits.Given the gravity of the dispute and the substantial clarification and refinement in the positions of the parties, the parties on remand should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same timeensuring that women covered by petitioners’ health plans “receive full and equal health coverage, including contraceptive coverage.” Id., at 1. We anticipate that the Courtsof Appeals will allow the parties sufficient time to resolve any outstanding issues between them.

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http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-1418_8758.pdf

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