A federal appeals court last week sided for the first time against the Obama administration's policy intended to ensure that employees of not-for-profit religious organizations can get birth control at no cost.
The case is one of many challenging parts of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that female contraception be considered a preventive healthcare service covered at no out-of-pocket cost.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already granted stays in a number of the contraception coverage cases that have come out of the circuit courts, temporarily halting the government from enforcing the mandate.
The White House has said not-for-profit religious organizations could instead submit a form to their third-party administrator or provide information to HHS so the government could arrange contraception coverage for their employees.
Many religious organizations, however, argue that would still violate their beliefs.
Judge Roger Wollman of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, writing for the panel, said the mandate “is a substantial burden” on the religious organizations.