- OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Contraception lawsuits gather steam
The Obama administration’s birth-control mandate was back in the minds of lawmakers Tuesday after a wave of new suits from religious organizations seized headlines Monday. The news received mention at a Senate Republican press conference, with Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) predicting both that the cases would rise to the Supreme Court and that the religious plaintiffs would win.
“My guess is they prevail,” Blunt said. “This is not an issue that’s going to go away.”
- Report: Some bishops ‘concerned’ by legal attacks on contraception mandate
A member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said there are “some concerns” among bishops about the spate of lawsuits challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.
Bishop Stephen Blaire, of the Stockton Diocese in central California, said some bishops wanted a “wider consultation” about the legal strategy and are concerned that their message could be “co-opted” by political opponents of President Obama.
Blaire made the comments in an interview with the Catholic magazine America. He told the magazine that he and other California bishops agree with criticism of the contraception mandate, but said he has seen some skepticism about the lawsuits being used to challenge it.
“There is a concern among some bishops that there ought to have been more of a wider consultation” about strategy, he told the magazine, while emphasizing that he and his colleagues in California fully support the promotion of religious liberty.
- Reid warns Senate could drop FDA bill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned that the Senate could move to other legislation if an agreement over amendments to a Food and Drug Administration bill could not be reached.
- Blunt predicts contraception mandate lawsuits to be decided by Supreme Court
“My guess is they prevail,” Sen. Roy Blunt said of the lawsuits challenging the healthcare law’s contraception mandate.
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