US Supreme Court punts on contraception coverage case

Supporters of employer-paid birth control rally in front of the Supreme Court on June 30, 2014The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts should decide an emblematic case on women’s access to contraception, the latest in a series of challenges to the divisive “Obamacare” health care reform. The court was considering whether the government was violating the religious freedom of certain faith-based groups by providing health insurance covering birth control to their female employees. It was the fourth time in as many years that a challenge to President Barack Obama’s flagship health reform ended up before the justices, this time in the midst of a heated election cycle and a partisan standoff over filling an empty seat on the Supreme Court bench.

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