>> The Supreme Court on Monday sidestepping a potentially explosive ruling in a case on a woman's right to contraception under Obamacare. The Justices declined to rule on the case brought by Catholic nuns, The Little Sisters of the Poor who objected to having their employees insurance cover birth control.
Supreme Court correspondent Joan Biskupic.>> The Supreme Court had a major challenge before it, to decide the constitutionality of a requirement of the Obamacare Law that employers provide birth control coverage to their workers. And a group of religious organizations, mainly Roman Catholic, had challenged that, saying this coverage was a violation of their rights.
So what the Justices did was send the case back to the lower courts that had originally ruled in these cases. These lower courts had sided with the Obama Administration. So the first thing that the court did was throw out those rulings. In legal terminology, the court vacated those rulings and then said all right, you lower courts, take another look at this case.
>> But in a rare move, the court proposing its own compromise to satisfy both sides.>> The Justices suggested that there should be a way for the Obama Administration to continue its ideal of free birth control nationwide, without infringing on the religious rights of the organizations that challenged the contraceptive mandate.
The most important thing for this court, is that they're down to eight justices. And they're ideologically divided, four liberals, four conservatives, so they're having a hard time resolving cases. And if they can get the parties to inch closer to each other for a compromise, they're going to be better off, because they don't have a majority to do much these days.
>> The Supreme Court has twice upheld President Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, most recently in 2015. But new challenges continue to work their way through the courts.