After a narrow victory for corporate theofascism at the Supreme Court along partisan lines Monday, the Supreme Court again ruled 6-3 that a Christian college in Illinois could temporarily abstain from the contraceptive mandate under the ACA, so long as it notified the government in writing:
The court’s majority said Wheaton College need not fill out the forms. Instead, the order said, the college could just notify the government in writing. The government, it said, remains free “to facilitate the provision of full contraceptive coverage.”
The unsigned majority decision cited the earlier Hobby Lobby ruling, which allowed for-profit companies to opt out of regulations that they “deem offensive to their faith.”
The decision comes a day after the Justice Department petitioned the court to require Wheaton to fill out a form that they would “send to their insurers and plan administrators as an alternate way to deliver free contraception to be offered to female workers under the Affordable Care Act.” Because of this ruling, Wheaton College no longer has to fill out the form, and can simply “notify the government in writing.”
The court’s three female justice, Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor, addressed the non-necessity of the decision in a 16-page dissent. They also suggested it went against the majority decision’s statement that the Hobby Lobby case was supposedly “narrow in its focus.”
Writing for the dissent, Sotomayor said that: “those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.”
Let’s be honest: only 4-year-olds and right-wingers believed that the ruling was intended to be “narrow in its focus.” And even then, I’m not so sure about 4-year-olds.
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