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Birth Control Provision Blocked
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) -- An 11th hour stay is halting a birth control provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor has temporarily blocked a provision in the reform that would have required some religious affiliated groups to cover birth control for their workers.
The request for the stay came from a Catholic group, The Little Sisters of the Poor, Home for the Aged in Denver, saying it goes against their beliefs.
Religious groups have been fighting since 2011 against paying for contraceptives as part of a health care plan. In 2012 President Obama offered a compromise.
"The insurance company, not the hospital, not the charity, will be required to reach out to the woman and offer her contraceptive coverage free of charge."
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the religious institutions, it could have an impact beyond churches and also be felt in the private sector.
Justice Sotomayor gave the Justice Department until Friday to respond.