A victory for religious freedom. Even Elena Kagan agreed. The rigidly doctrinaire yet widely celebrated leftist Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Trump administration rules that expanded moral and religious exemptions to a federal requirement that employer-provided health-insurance plans cover birth control with no out-of-pocket costs.
The court, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, said the administration “had the authority to provide exemptions from the regulatory contraceptive requirements for employers with religious and conscientious objections.”
The judgment came on a 7-2 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan in the majority, though not all agreed on the reasoning.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
At issue in Wednesday’s ruling was a mandate stemming from the Affordable Care Act that requires most employers to include contraception coverage in their health plans. While churches are exempt from the requirement, there have been years of legal battles over whether other employers, including those with religious affiliations, must comply.