INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Legal experts say the U.S. Supreme Court will likely
take up the issue of whether religiously-affiliated nonprofits must pay
for employees' birth-control under the federal health care overhaul.
Federal judges in northern Indiana recently issued opposing opinions in
separate cases in which the University of Notre Dame and Grace College and
Seminary sought preliminary injunctions blocking implementation of the
federal birth-control mandate.
The conflicting rulings mean Notre Dame must provide birth-control
coverage, while Grace College and Seminary does not. The Grace College
ruling also applies to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Franciscan
David Orentlicher, co-director of Indiana University's Hall Center for Law
and Health, tells The Indianapolis Star those and other conflicting
rulings make it likely the nation's high court will take up the issue.