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Justices could review nonprofits’ contraceptives objection

Associated Press - September 27, 2015 1:18 pm


Religion, birth control and President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are about to collide at the Supreme Court – yet again.

Faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that oppose some or all contraception as immoral are battling the administration.

At issue are rules that allow them to opt out of covering the contraceptives for women that are among a range of preventive services required to be in health plans at no extra cost.

The administration has provided a work-around for the religious-oriented nonprofit groups. But those groups say it doesn’t go far enough.

A recent federal appeals court ruling is the first to agree with the nonprofits, after seven other appellate panels sided with the administration.

Such disagreements among lower courts often are a trigger for consideration by the Supreme Court.

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