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Colorado Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction In Contraception Mandate Case

DENVER - (Mealey's) A Colorado federal judge on July 27 granted a preliminary injunction in favor of a for-profit secular employer that will prevent the federal government from enforcing a mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that requires most employers to...

UN says access to contraception a human right

GENEVA (AP) - The United Nations says access to contraception is a universal human right that could dramatically improve the lives of women and children in poor countries. It is the first time the U.N. Population Fund's annual report explicitly describes family planning as a human right. It effectively...

Justice Sotomayor Leaves Contraceptives Mandate in Health Care Act Intact

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 26 refused to block enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's mandate that profit-making companies begin providing free birth control for women workers on Jan. 1 ( Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., et al. v. Kathleen...

Supreme Court Denies Injunction Pending Appellate Review Of Birth Control Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In an in-chambers order, the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 26 denied a request for an injunction pending appellate review of a lower court's decision rejecting a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of a mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable...

Federal Government Offers Rulemaking For Compromise On Birth Control Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Feb. 1 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on recommended changes to the preventive services policy contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). ( Proposed rules available. Document #31...

High Court Agrees To Hear 2 Challenges To Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. —(Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 announced that it granted certiorari in two cases challenging the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Both of the cases involve for-profit companies opposed to the mandate...

Supreme Court Justice Halts Birth Control Mandate For Catholic Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Dec. 31 temporarily blocked the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns at the request of the...

Supreme Court Blocks Enforcement Of Birth Control Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 24 enjoined the federal government from enforcing the birth control mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) against an order of Catholic nuns pending final disposition of an appeal by the 10th...

High Court Hears Arguments In Birth Control Mandate Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 25 heard arguments in two cases that will decide whether for-profit, secular businesses have to provide contraceptive services as part of their health insurance packages to employees even if they oppose such measures on religious...

Top Court Rejects Religious Groups’ Challenges In Birth Control Cases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 31 denied petitions for certiorari from two nonprofit religious groups claiming that the contraceptive mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA...