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Abortion mandate cases returned to lower courts


Abortion mandate cases returned to lower courts
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Poor are not abandoned in legal purgatory."GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said in written comments, "We are thankful, first and foremost, to the Lord for this decision. We appreciate the diligence of our legal teams in working through the legal and constitutional issues that were raised as well as for the men and women of the Supreme Court who took seriously their oaths of office. "This is a good day for which we are thankful."The lengthy legal dispute -- which arose from a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule related to the 2010 health-care law's implementation -- involves an accommodation to the controversial mandate that GuideStone, Little Sisters and many other religious nonprofits contend violates their religious freedom by forcing them to comply with providing potentially abortion-inducing drugs and devices. The latest of nearly 10 accommodations proposed by the Obama administration requires the nonprofits to provide written notification they meet the requirements for an accommodation, which forces the nonprofit's insurer or a third-party administrator to provide contraceptive coverage.The justices' May 16 opinion followed the unusual action of requesting supplemental briefs from both sides less than a week after hearing oral arguments in March. The justices directed both sides to address whether the coverage can be gained "in a way that does not require any involvement of petitioners beyond their own decision to provide health insurance without contraceptive coverage to their employees.

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