Supreme Court throws back contraception mandate to lower courts

Posted at 11:54 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 11:54:32-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Monday, the Supreme Court unanimously decided to throw back the contraception mandate challenge to lower courts.

"We're pleased with the announcement from the Supreme Court today.  It will allow millions of women across the country to continue to get the health care coverage that they need," said White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.

When it comes to birth control provided under the Affordable Care Act, the fight continues between religious groups and the Obama administration.

Under Obamacare, employers are required to provide coverage for contraceptives in their health care plans.

Apparently, the dispute was too small for the high court.  So, opposing groups will have to work things out without the Supremes.

the controversial case went before the court back in January, just before the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

Many believe the high court's unanimous decision was impacted by having eight justices instead of nine, as no replacement for Scalia has taken seat.

Until Congress confirms a replacement, the highest court in the land isn't likely to get much done.