Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Choose Not to Provide Free Birth Control

Headline Roundup July 8th, 2020

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Donald Trump's effort to give employers more leeway in refusing to provide free birth control for employees under Obamacare.

The decision was welcomed by proponents of religious freedom. Others argued that the ruling will have a disproportionate affect on access to contraception for women living below the poverty line.

Supreme Court Rules Employers Can Choose Not to Provide Free Birth Control

From the Center
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Supreme Court, free birth control, employer mandates, Obamacare, public health

The U.S. Supreme Court has made it more difficult for women to get access to birth control as part of their health plans if their employer has a religious or moral objections to contraceptives.

The opinion upheld a Trump administration rule that significantly cut back on the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurers provide free birth control coverage as part of almost all health care plans.

Under the ACA, churches and synagogues were automatically exempted from the birth control insurance mandate. Not automatically exempt, however, were non-profits like religiously affiliated...

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From the Right
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration acted within its authority when it expanded exemptions to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement for employers to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception -- in a victory for Little Sisters of the Poor, the Catholic group that has been at the center of the national debate over the mandate.

The court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Trump administration and a Catholic charity that cares for the elderly in two related disputes against Pennsylvania, which sued over the validity of...

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From the Left
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Supreme Court, free birth control, employer mandates, Obamacare, public health

The justices upheld regulations from the Trump administration that allowed employers with religious objections to decline to provide contraception coverage.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration regulation that lets employers with religious objections limit women’s access to free birth control under the Affordable Care Act.

As a consequence of the ruling, about 70,000 to 126,000 women could lose contraceptive coverage from their employers, according to government estimates.

The vote was 7 to 2, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.

Contraception coverage has emerged as...

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