In yet another blow to the Obama administration, the U.S. Supreme Court sent a Circuit Court of Appeals decision back to the lower court’s Monday, giving new life to the University of Notre Dame’s request for an exemption from Obamacare’s contraception mandate.
The court remanded the case to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, instructing it to reconsider its decision that the university had to comply in light of the Supreme Court’s June 2014 ruling permitting faith-based corporations exemptions from the mandate, according to Reuters.
The court’s decision was “a strong signal that the Supreme Court will ultimately reject the government’s narrow view of religious liberty,” Mark Rienzi, a lawyer with the religious rights group Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told reporters.
The court threw out a February 2014 appeals court ruling denying Notre Dame an injunction against the requirement.
The appeals court ruling pre-dated the Supreme Court’s June 2014 ruling saying family-owned Hobby Lobby Stores Ltd. could seek exemptions on religious grounds from the contraception provision.
Notre Dame is a Roman Catholic-administered university in Notre Dame, Ind., adjacent to South Bend.
The Supreme Court heard arguments last month on another Obamacare issue, affecting federal subsidies in those states that have elected not to have set up their own insurance exchanges.
If the court rules against the administration on that one, it could send the entire Obamacare law into a death spiral. A decision on that case is expected in June.
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