Justice Dept. opposes block on contraceptive mandate

The Justice Department on Friday said it opposed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision temporarily blocking a part of the Affordable Care Act that requires religion-based organizations to cover forms of contraception in their health care plans.

Sotomayor's ruling earlier on Tuesday came at the request of an organization of Catholic nuns in Denver, the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged.

Several Catholic-affiliated groups have sought relief from the provisions of the Affordable Care Act over the provision.

At least one federal appeals court has agreed with Sotomayor, issuing its own stay against part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The Justice Department disagreed in its file on Friday.

"When extending religious accommodations, the government must be allowed to provide for regularized, orderly means of permitting eligible individuals or entities to declare that they intend to take advantage of them," the department said in its response to Sotomayor's ruling.


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