Supreme Court Rejects Obama’s Birth Control Plan, Sends Case to Lower Courts

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected President Obama’s “accommodation” for religious nonprofits seeking to avoid complicity in their female employees’ birth control choices under Obamacare and sent both sides back to try to work out a better compromise.

In an unsigned order, the justices said they believe there is a way to get contraceptive coverage for women without forcing religious hospitals, schools and other charities that employ them to violate their own moral teachings, and they asked lower appeals courts to oversee the efforts to reach a deal.

“Both petitioners and the government now confirm that such an option is feasible,” the court said, citing both sides’ responses after the justices prodded them earlier this year.

Religious liberty advocates called the ruling a victory, while Mr. Obama and his allies took it as a defeat.