Obama faces Friday deadline on birth control mandate

The Obama administration has just over 24 hours to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that temporarily blocked ObamaCare’s so-called “birth control mandate" from taking effect for certain religious non-profits.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a New Year’s Eve order exempting a group of nuns and some religion-affiliated organizations from the healthcare law’s requirement that workers be offered contraception as part of their employers' insurance coverage.

The government is "temporarily enjoined from enforcing against applicants the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," Sotomayor said in the order.

She gave government officials until 10 a.m. EST Friday to respond to her order.

Though the Justice Department has yet to respond, the Wall Street Journal’s Peter Landers reports that the agency signaled in a motion filed Monday that it opposes the injunction on grounds that the plaintiffs are "eligible for religious accommodations set out in the regulations and therefore are not required to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for contraceptive coverage.” 

Check out the full Wall Street Journal story here.