Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delays health law's birth control mandate

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  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Jan. 2, 2014 1:27 p.m.

    Some of the attacks on Hobby Lobby come from people who do not understand that case at all. The Hobby Lobby onwers currently provide 16 of the 20 contraceptive methods required by the mandate. They have no objection to those. They only object to the 4 that are intended to end pregnancies after sexual intercourse has occurred, what by most people's definition of the term would count as abortions.

    Anyway, Hobby Lobby willingly closes on Sunday. They take out adds for Jesus 2 days a year. They implement religion in their business plan in these ways. They try to practice religion in more things than just refusing to cover a very limited number of abortion-causing drugs.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Jan. 2, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    Little Sisters of the Poor, 1; Obama administration 0.

    The claim by Obama that these organizations can get free coverage they do not pay for in health care is hogwash. The insurance will just hide the costs elsewhere. It is a violation of religious freedom to force people to provide services that go against there beliefs.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 12:51 p.m.

    If birth control lowers insurance costs, should we also mandate weight loss programs and ban tobacco using the same argument? Why limit First Amendment religious liberties when a surplus of body fat and tobacco are not constitutionally protected? Where is the individual responsibility in the ACA?

    Jan. 2, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    Bob K: You just don't get it....

    Birth control is available to anyone who wants it. This is about making an employer or insurance provider pay for all or part of it. No one is denied anything they are willing to pay for. This is not an "equal protection" issue. It is an economic issue.

    Making an elderly person pay for birth control coverage she will never use is denying her "equal protection" by your logic.

    I guess for someone on the left it is easier to have the government make a law to subsidize what you want rather than to pull out your visa card.

    To your last example: if your sister's boss covers birth control, go get a job with your sister, or don't have sex!

    Personal accountability is something we should have more of....

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 11:09 a.m.

    Its called checks and balances, when a law violates an individual's right as outlined in the constitution, the court is supposed to block it, which this judge did.

    Are you REALLY saying we should force people to pay for and distribute drugs they feel violate their religion, just to save some money? Should we then force you to do things you think are wrong, in order to save us all money? Maybe we could make the speed limit 45 mph, as that would save resources, reduce injuries due to accidents, and be great for our posterity and the planet? Maybe we could ban skiing, to save the forests, reduce injuries, and save on fuel? We could ban fast food too, we all know how that stuff is unhealthy.

    You need to get a grip on reality. Those people you think are producing babies on our dime won't be stopped from overpopulating the planet by free contraceptives. And I'm certain, by the time we add up all the costs of running and administering Obamacare, we'll end up spending far more than we ever would under the old system.

  • UTSU Logan, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 8:58 a.m.

    Justice Sotomayor did the right thing, hopefully this issue will be sorted out by supreme court soon.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 3:45 a.m.

    The Supreme Court is still acting outside its jurisdiction as elected legislators and rewriting laws and the Constitution to conform to their personal beliefs and acting as law enforcement officials regulating the laws.

    Its time for the legislator to stand up and be counted to block the supreme courts and their illegal biased and discriminatory decisions contradicting the constitution and bill of rights and freedoms. The Supreme court cannot change the Constitution at all, they must obey the Constitution without persoanl opinions getting in the way.

    This court is exceeding its authority to adjust the laws on a whim or persoanl reason and the congress must begin its upset actions to destroy the supermen courts contradictions.

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Jan. 2, 2014 1:23 a.m.

    Oh My Heck!
    Vernal, UT
    I think birth control coverage, as well as maternity care coverage, should be optional coverages, not mandatory. I'm 66 years old. I don't need either one, so why should I have to pay for coverage I don't need? Seems to me that making certain coverages, such as this, optional would solve this problem.

    Sorry-- you do not get it at all

    The problem is that people who want and need those coverages are being denied equal treatment under the law if they work for a business owned by a religion, such as a catholic owned hospital (but not the church itself) -- or if they work for a right wing (word omitted) like the guy who owns Hobby Lobby.

    As a woman, imagine being young and poor -- then, because of your particular employer, not only being told that the coverage is wrong, but having to find the money for it, when your sister's boss covers it

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 10:01 p.m.

    "Justice Sotomayor is the Circuit Justice for the 10th Circuit, which includes the District of Colorado, (and the District of Utah BTW)."

    Happy Day!!! This supreme court justice still believes in the First Amendment.

    Does this mean she will consider Utah's appeal on SSM? I hope so.

    I will pray for her, and all the justices, to see clearly right from wrong. No more marriage licenses for anyone. Churches decide who they join in marriage, a religious rite, wrongfully overtaken by the government. The state should issue domestic partnership contracts only, equal to the current marriage licenses in legal issues, but respecting religious freedom.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 5:36 p.m.

    I think you will find that the Catholic Church will do what it feels it has to do, if the SCOTUS rules against it.

  • Artemisia Tridentata Hawthorne, NV
    Jan. 1, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    Heck, If you check with any insurance broker you will find that including birth control in a medical plan significantly reduces the cost for all covered persons. If you are worried, at all, about your cost, you must insist that your carrier covers birth control.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 10:41 a.m.

    I hope this will cover the battle Hobby Lobby has with this same issue.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 10:34 a.m.

    @Oh My Heck!
    You're old and I'm not, maybe I should have insurance that doesn't cover things older people get and you can pay higher premiums. Besides, birth control is cheaper than carrying babies to term, it actually reduces insurance costs to cover it.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Jan. 1, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Just one more example of how religion is bad for us - even bad for your health.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 6:51 a.m.

    Will the churches refuse to fund Viagra?

  • Bob K portland, OR
    Jan. 1, 2014 4:01 a.m.

    Let's get this straight --the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged is more interested in Catholic doctrine than in equality.

    The issue is that the law says EMPLOYEES of all organizations must get equal access to birth control.
    -- It is only fair that if, say Maria can only find a job at a catholic hospital, she should get the same benefits as her sister living in another town and working for a dry cleaner.

    No one is telling a church to change its doctrines. The ACA attempts to grant equality to low income workers, who might skip buying the pill so their kids can have shoes.

    It is in the interest of the public to help families avoid conceiving unwanted children, who may be a burden on the schools, on healthcare, on food stamps, etc etc.

    Women who are able to plan their families are more successful and raise more successful children.

    Remember that over 90% of US catholic women use or have used birth control, so the law is supporting that.

    Catholic schools are firing Gay teachers who marry or those who have a child out of wedlock -- trying to make 2014 into 1514 is a bad idea.

  • Oh My Heck! Vernal, UT
    Jan. 1, 2014 2:58 a.m.

    I think birth control coverage, as well as maternity care coverage, should be optional coverages, not mandatory. I'm 66 years old. I don't need either one, so why should I have to pay for coverage I don't need? Seems to me that making certain coverages, such as this, optional would solve this problem.

  • JustAcomment Orem, UT
    Dec. 31, 2013 11:37 p.m.

    Justice Sotomayor is the Circuit Justice for the 10th Circuit, which includes the District of Colorado, (and the District of Utah BTW). When appeals are denied by a federal appeals court - in this case likely the Tenth Circuit because the organization was located in Denver that requested the review. the Circuit Justice can act as noted when requested, and can issue an order aa she has done in this case. It may not represent the sentiment of the plurality of all Supreme court justices, but it need not. I'd venture to guess that because the D.C. circuit has already ruled, and the case that involving Hobby Lobby is already headed to SCOTUS, that is only makes sense to rule in favor of blocking the law.

  • byufootballrocks Herndon, VA
    Dec. 31, 2013 10:53 p.m.

    Could the author of this article update the text to give the reason why Justice Sotomayor was the Supreme Court justice who issued this order? Specifically, apparently she was acting on behalf of the entire court, right? And why her? Was she the justice assigned to such things for the holiday? Does she represent the sentiment of a plurality of Supreme Court justices on the matter? Please give more information.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Dec. 31, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    Well looks like this is going to eventually be reviewed by the SCOTUS. Good.