Sonia Sotomayor Delays Health Law’s Birth Control Mandate

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This is just one of many appeals from religious organizations and private corporations whose owners object to paying for contraceptives. In March, the court will hear two cases brought my for-profit organizations without any religious focus.  

David Green, founder of Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the mandate, saying that business owners “should not have to choose between violating their beliefs and violating the law.” 

However, organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America spoke out against Sotomayor’s decision. In a statement, Planned Parenthood said, “Birth control is a basic preventive health care for women. Birth control enables millions of women to support themselves financially, complete their education, and plan their families and have children when they’re ready.” The federation also pointed to an existing exemption that allows religiously affiliated organizations to get an exemption so that they aren’t paying for coverage of birth control if it violates their religious mission.

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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