The U.S. Supreme Court deferred resolving a divisive clash between the Obama administration and faith-based groups over insurance coverage for contraceptives under Obamacare.
The justices unanimously returned appeals by religious groups to the lower courts, saying the two sides should try to work out their differences.
At issue was the Obama administration’s plan for accommodating religious groups that don’t want to provide birth control coverage for employees or students. The administration sought to have insurance companies and plan administrators handle the coverage. Some faith-based groups, however, said they were still having to play a role in providing something they equate with abortion.
In an unsigned opinion, the court said it “expresses no view on the merits of the cases.”