An article today in Politico.com presents a fairly balanced view of the ongoing legal battles concerning the HHS mandate. Of course, the title of the article “Suits hit contraception rule’s ‘religious burden'” is a bit misleading, as the HHS mandate is not only about contraception, but also sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. In fact, many non-Catholic organizations suing the HHS over the mandate have no problem with contraception or sterilization, but morally object to providing abortion drugs. Otherwise, the article is fairly balanced. A few interesting tidbits:
– The Obama administration is stepping up its defense of the mandate, asking courts to overturn decisions granting injunctive relief to plaintiffs
– Planned Parenthood is, at the same time, stepping up its attacks. Surprise, surprise! PP is running ads against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing him of allowing employers to control women’s access to contraceptives.
– The reporter predicts that the Supreme Court might hear cases concerning the HHS mandate as soon as next winter.
The article provides a good summary of the current state of the action.