Federal Court: First Amendment Can’t Be Compromised by Obamacare Birth Control Mandate

The Obamacare birth control mandate is an unconstitutional burden on non-profit companies with a religious objection.

The Obama Administration has shown a vigorous commitment to keep the Obamacare birth control mandate imposed on everyone. But a Federal court looked at the Bill of Rights and reminded the White House that it is still the law of the land. The Hill reports,

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled against ObamaCare’s birth control mandate in a decision that could invite a Supreme Court review.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that four Christian nonprofits should not have to comply with the ObamaCare rule that all employer healthcare plans include contraception options or face a fee. While employers can seek exemptions to the law, the court argued that doing so poses a “substantial burden” on that organization’s religious rights.

The decision is particularly important because it directly contradicts another federal court’s ruling.

“With today’s decisions, the [Supreme] Court will have great reason to decide this issue in the next term,” one religious rights group, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, wrote in a statement Thursday.

The Supreme Court already has several cases involving the birth control mandate it could take up in its fall term.

Conservatives were quick to praise the decision, which reignites a years-long battle against the ObamaCare rule.

“This court ruling is a victory for the rights of freedom and liberty that were critical to our Founding Fathers and American exceptionalism to this day,” Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) wrote in a statement Thursday.

The ruling includes 30 references to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the 2014 Supreme Court case that allowed certain for-profit companies to opt out of the mandate. Since that decision, multiple nonprofits, including universities, have taken legal action demanding to be granted the same permissions.

I don’t have much faith in the Supreme Court sticking to the Constitution. But I do wonder if they really want to make another major change to the American political order after the coup of inventing same-sex “marriage.” I’d like to think they will be worried about how hard and how far they are pushing us.