Judicial Crisis Network Chief Counsel and Policy Director Carrie Severino released the following statement today:
“Today’s decision is a slap in the face to the Obama Administration’s efforts to crush religious liberty in pursuit of its liberal agenda.
This is great news for religious organizations who will now have a chance to make their case to the lower courts: there is ample room for compromise if the government will actually do what it claimed it was doing, allowing religious groups to simply raise their hands as objectors so the government can provide their employees contraceptives through other means. The nuns called their bluff, and the Supreme Court’s remand recognizes that this is a game changer.
Despite the nuns’ victory, however, the decision highlights the stakes for the next Supreme Court justice. Forcing nuns to provide contraceptives is obviously unconstitutional and at odds with federal law, but the Court couldn’t find a majority to recognize that fact today.”