Wheaton College, an evangelical college in Illinois, has been granted a reprieve from an HHS contraception mandate. The Associated Press reports:
The justices said that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal but can instead write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it is a religious nonprofit organization and making its objection to emergency contraception. The college does provide coverage for other birth control.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied Wheaton’s request and made the college fill out a form that enables their insurers or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control.
Wheaton and dozens of other nonprofits have sued over the form, which they say violates their religious beliefs because it forces them to participate in a system to subsidize and distribute the contraception.
Justice Sotomayor wrote a 16-page dissent in the decision.
Some conservatives cheered the news.
Not everyone was cheering.