[Ed. – As Rick Moran says, other courts have upheld it, and the odds are against the 8th Circuit’s ruling being upheld on appeal. But it’s something, anyway.]
In a rare victory for religious freedom, an appeals court in St. Louis has ruled that the Obamacare contraception mandate places an “undue burden” on religiously affiliated organizations.
The Obama administration had come up with a “constitutional workaround” by forcing religious groups to include contraception in their insurance plans, but require that the insurance companies pay for it. The court ruled that the compromise still violated the religious freedom of the plaintiffs.
Parting ways with all other appeals courts that have considered the issue, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Thursday issued a pair of decisions upholding orders by two lower courts barring the government from enforcing the law’s contraceptive provisions against a group of religiously affiliated employers.
The split in the circuit courts created makes it more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the issue in its coming term…