The Supreme Court has ruled on the issue of a number of faith-based organizations in their case against the Obama Administration’s forced measure that employer-provided health care provide free access to abortions and contraception. These faith-based groups have a religious basis for their objection to the mandate, and they have been fighting the Obama Administration on the measure since 2014.
On Monday, May 16, the U.S. Supreme Court made a ruling that, while not ideal, places more power in the hands of these religious groups when it comes to providing healthcare for their female employees. The eight justice Court ruled that the case would return to the lower courts, and instructed those courts to reach a compromise with these organizations.
Finally! The Supreme Court has recognized that faith-based organizations have a Constitutionally-protected right to object to the Obama Administration’s mandate. The First Amendment guarantees the right to free practice of religion, without interference by the government, and the Court recognized that in its ruling.
However, the lower courts are now charged with reaching a compromise with these religious groups, and it will differ from state to state. The battle may have been won, but the war is far from over for these groups, who must now work with the courts that originally refused their plea for Constitutional protection.
The mandate from the Supreme Court should make things easier for the organizations when it comes to working with the lower courts. But many of these courts want to uphold the health law to the letter, regardless of any religious objections. Hopefully, with the backing of the Supreme Court, these groups will be able to work toward an amicable resolution to this trying problem.
What has happened to this country? A nation that was founded on freedom has chosen to administer to the “rights” of a few and neglect the God-given freedom of the majority. Depending on how the election in November turns out, there could be a shift in direction in a lot of areas for the United States, and hopefully a positive shift for religious freedom.