U.S. District Judge William J. Martínez ruled that the Little Sisters group was exempt from the contraception mandate. It just needed to submit a form to avoid any health care law-related fines.
“With the stroke of their own pen, applicants can secure for themselves the relief they seek from this Court — an exemption from the requirements of the contraceptive-coverage provision — and the employer-applicants’ employees (and their family members) will not receive contraceptive coverage through the plan’s third-party administrator, either,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli wrote in a motion to the Supreme Court.
Just having to fill out one form doesn’t seem to us an unreasonable burden or violation of religious liberty.
But then, we’re not lawyers … or Supreme Court justices. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.