Obamacare birth control plan returns to Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2016 5:21 AM

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, in honor of Justice Antonin Scalia, a flag in the Supreme Court building's front plaza flies at half-staff in Washington.


(Washington) -- The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge from faith-based groups that object to an Obama administration effort to ensure their employees and students can get cost-free birth control.

The justices are hearing arguments today on the sixth anniversary of President Obama's health care overhaul in a case at the intersection of the law, religion and birth control.

The 2010 law is making its fourth Supreme Court appearance in five years.

Among the challengers are Bishop David Zubik, head of the Catholic Diocese in Pittsburgh; the Little Sisters of the Poor, nuns who run more than two dozen nursing homes for impoverished seniors; evangelical and Catholic colleges in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington, D.C., and the anti-abortion advocacy group Priests for Life.

The issue this time is the arrangement the administration devised to make sure that religiously oriented colleges, charities and advocacy groups do not have to pay for or arrange the provision of contraceptives to which they object, while ensuring that women covered under their health plans still can get birth control.

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