Church-affiliated organizations on Tuesday asked the US
Supreme Court to block implementation of a part of the Obamacare
healthcare law that requires employers to provide insurance
policies that cover contraception.
Catholic University of America and non-profits in Michigan
and Tennessee were among those filing three separate
applications asking the court to exempt them temporarily from
the so-called contraception mandate while litigation continues.
The mandate, which is due to take effect for the organizations
on Jan. 1, is already in place for many women who have private
The court did not immediately respond to the applications.
There is no set time by which the court is required to act.
The organizations, represented by the Jones Day law firm in
the three applications, also said the court could take a bigger
step and decide to hear the merits of their claims.
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