A group of nuns have received the most attention for challenging the Obama administration’s birth control mandate, but it could be four Christian universities in Oklahoma that grab the Supreme Court’s attention this fall.
The cases are among seven near-identical challenges from religious schools, charities and clergy groups objecting to the way in which the administration allows them to be excused from an Obamacare requirement to provide employees with coverage for birth control that they morally oppose.
There is no guarantee the justices will hear any of the cases. So far, seven federal appeals courts have sided with the administration on the matter, leaving challengers without even one decision in their favor.
Yet the battle over the birth control requirement has been raging in the lower courts for years, brought by dozens of religious nonprofits from evangelical universities to Catholic dioceses that insist President Obama and his administration are trampling on their religious freedom.