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Supreme Court justice delays birth control mandate

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Posted: Jan 2, 2014 12:00 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2014 12:00 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: birth control, Sotomayor, Supreme Court, contraceptive, Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor decided late Tuesday night to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before portions of the law would have gone into effect on New Year's Day.

Sotomayor acted on a request from an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged. She gave government officials until 10 a.m. Eastern time Friday to respond to her order.

The White House says it's confident that the rules requiring free contraceptive coverage under the law also address the objections of religious organizations.

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