ACA Birth Control Opt-Out Respects Faith, High Court Hears

By Jeff Overley (February 10, 2016, 10:05 PM EST) -- The Obama administration on Wednesday pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an opt-out process for religious nonprofits opposed to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, arguing that objectors play no legally significant role in delivering birth control.

In an 89-page opening brief, the administration laid out its argument in cases that the high court accepted last year. The brief defended a process that lets faith-based nonprofits notify insurers or regulators of objections to covering birth control, which usually triggers alternate arrangements for workers.

The nonprofits, which include Christian colleges and Catholic charity Little Sisters of the Poor, assert that notification...

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