Supreme Court’s 4X4 Sidestep

The US Supreme Court unanimously side-stepped a major case on contraceptive access, declining to make a ruling and telling lower courts to consider a compromise.

Legal experts read the decision as a tactic to avoid a 4-4 deadlock. The Court has had 8 members since Justice Antonin Scalia’s February death.

The case centered on an Affordable Care Act accommodation that allowed religious groups that didn’t want to offer insurance coverage for contraception to avoid paying for coverage or fines by asking for an exemption. Some religious groups fought the accommodation, saying it made them part of what they consider a sinful act.
The New York Times

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