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Justice Sotomayer issues stay on contraception mandate of Obamacare

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Several news agencies including “NewsMax, Christian Science Monitor and My Christian Daily” have reported about twenty-four hours ago Justice Sotomayer had issued a stay on the part of Obamacare.

This stay only involves the part that endorses contraception and other birth control mandates. She gives President Obama until Friday to answer the mandate.

One hundred and seventy-five years ago there was a religious Order called, “Little Sisters of the Poor,” that came into existence. And since that time, many decades of Sisters have dedicated themselves to helping the poor and the elderly.

A lawsuit was filed on their behalf asking for a temporary stay regarding the contraception mandate that would violate their religious beliefs.

A statement from the Order says: "We hope and pray that we will receive a favorable outcome in order to continue to serve the elderly of all faiths with the same community support and religious freedom that we have always appreciated,"

Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for their cause stated that, “The government has lots of ways to deliver contraceptives to people–it doesn't need to force nuns to participate."

My Christian Daily reports, “Prior to the injunction, the Obama administration had argued that the contraceptive mandate placed "no substantial burden on their (nuns) exercise of religion," because they could opt out of the contraceptive coverage requirement by completing "a self-certification form" and providing it to the entity that administers their health benefits.”

"To opt out of providing contraceptive coverage, Little Sisters need only certify that they are nonprofit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and that, because of religious objections, they are opposed to providing coverage for some or all contraceptive services," explained the Justice Department to the appeals court on Monday, according to the Times. “

However, this stay may or may not affect churches as stated in the same report.

“They further argued that churches are except from the contraceptive coverage requirement while some religious nonprofits are offered certain accommodations.”

The Becket Fund argued, however, that "the 'accommodation' still forces the Little Sisters to find an insurer who will cover sterilization, contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices."

"The Sisters would also be required to sign a form that triggers the start of that coverage," the Fund noted. "In good conscience, they cannot do that. So the 'accommodation' still violates their religious beliefs."

Using the links above, you may wish to read more of the details regarding this move by Justice Sotomayer as reported by those news media.

Below is Justice Sotomayer’s biography as reported by the U.S. Supreme Justice site: Biographies of Current Justices of the Supreme Court.

“Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university's highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998.

She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009.

President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009.”

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