During March 20 oral arguments, justices on both sides of the court’s ideological divide indicated concern about the law’s constitutionality.
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Justice Anthony Kennedy was once again the decisive swing vote in a case that could jeopardize similar laws in other states.
NEWS ANALYSIS: The outcome of this case could affect similar laws restricting abortion in Wisconsin, Louisiana and Alabama.
COMMENTARY: The judge stood tall against secular progressivism, corporate America and fellow Catholics who elect people who take down family and marriage.
Court watchers were startled by the caution expressed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, regarded as the likely swing vote on the legally, politically and socially contentious issue.
On April 15, Justice Samuel Alito issued an order barring the federal government from enforcing the mandate against Catholic Charities affiliates, Catholic schools and social service organizations in the Dioceses of Erie and Pittsburgh.