The US Supreme Court has refused to block the Obama Administration’s rules regarding contraception mandates from taking effect. The request for the emergency injunction was filed by Hobby Lobby because the company’s Catholic owners believe that the mandate violates their religious freedom. Justice Sonia Sotomayor penned the rejection stating that the company did not meet the standard for an injunction block on the mandate.
The mandate requires most employers to include female contraception in their employees’ healthcare policies and to not charge a co-pay or deductible. Houses of worship are exempt from this mandate, and religious-affiliated institutions can opt to cover the contraception indirectly. Some Catholic employers want to be able to opt out of the mandate feeling that it violates their personal faith.
Sotomayor did make it clear that Hobby Lobby could continue to pursue their First Amendment arguments stating “While the applicants allege they will face irreparable harm if they are forced to choose between complying with the contraception-coverage requirement and paying significant fines, they cannot show that an injunction is necessary or appropriate to aid our jurisdiction.”