This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling vacating the judgments of the lower courts and sending the Little Sisters’ and other cases involving the contraceptive mandate back to the lower courts for further consideration.
The Court made the ruling after receiving supplemental briefs from each party, in which the parties acknowledged that the employees of non-profits could obtain contraceptive coverage from the employers insurance company without the religious non-profits having to violate their religious convictions by filing forms with the government setting out their objection, thereby triggering the coverage.
The ruling means that the cases will now return to the lower courts where any remaining disputes can be resolved while the ruling is implemented. The good news for the Little Sisters, and others, is that no fines will be imposed for their failure to comply with the mandate and the current regulations. Thank God for answered prayers!