The U.S. Supreme Court in May took a pass on dealing with the important question of access to birth control, an action that could leave tens of thousands of women in limbo.
In a brief order issued for the case of Zubik v. Burwell, the high court vacated several cases before it dealing with employee access to birth control and sent them back to lower courts for more proceedings.
"The Supreme Court punted this case so hard it flew into next year," said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, in a media statement. "That's a shame. Birth control is a vital component of women's health, and the result of today's action is that it's in limbo--once again."
The cases concern religious nonprofit groups that want to block their employees and students from receiving birth control coverage from third-party insurance companies, even though the religious groups don't have to pay for it or otherwise provide it.
Under a compromise ironed out by the federal government, the nonprofits can sign a short form indicating their objection to birth control. At that point, the federal government arranges for a third-party provider to...