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White House: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

NBC News: The White House said Friday that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor should not block the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate.

The Justice Department said in a filing that religious nonprofit groups can certify they do not want to provide contraception coverage, but a group of Catholic nuns say that it would violate their beliefs to even sign that form.

Sotomayor has not said when she will make a decision. She can either send the case back to the federal courts or ask her fellow justices to consider it as a full court.

Photo: Mother Patricia Mary walks in the chapel at the Mullen Home for the Aged, run by Little Sisters of the Poor, in Denver. The group wants relief from the Affrodable Care Act’s birth control mandate. (Brennan Linsley/AP)