Published: Jan 01, 2014 4:51 PM EST
Updated: Jan 01, 2014 6:45 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Hours before a health care reform measure would have required all employers to cover birth control in their insurance plans, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary stay in response to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Colorado Catholic group that sued the federal government for challenging its religious beliefs.

"I think this is the beginning of the end of this Obamacare regulation," said James Towey, President of Ave Maria University.

The Obama administration announced the contraception measure in 2011 as an effort to provide preventative care.  The measure sparked outrage and legal action among some religious groups, including Ave Maria.

"This isn't about contraception," Towey said.  "The government can provide for contraception in 100 ways. They don't need to make religious groups do it for them."

The federal government has until Friday to present its argument to the Supreme Court.