SCOTUS to review Obamacare ‘contraceptive mandate’ challenges


USA TODAY: Religious groups are fighting to get out of being required to fund birth control.

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USA TODAY: Religious groups are fighting to get out of being required to fund birth control.

The justices are scheduled to review several petitions Friday asking them to overturn federal appeals court decisions that would force the non-profit groups to opt out of the “contraceptive mandate” included in the Affordable Care Act, rather than receiving the blanket exclusion granted churches and other solely religious institutions.

If they agree to hear one or more of the cases, it will mark the fourth time in five years that President Obama’s prized health care law has come before the high court. And it will put the battle between religious freedom and reproductive rights front-and-center in next year’s presidential race.

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