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Supreme Court Seeks Alternatives to Avoid Tie in Birth Control Case

HeadlineMar 30, 2016

In a rare move that could be aimed at averting another 4-4 deadlock, the Supreme Court ordered attorneys in a key birth control case to file new information. The court heard arguments last week in a challenge brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits to a provision of Obama’s healthcare law that guarantees birth control coverage. The Obama administration says the nonprofits can simply provide written notice of their objection to providing employees with birth control coverage, at which point the government and insurers take over. But the groups say the mere act of expressing their objection violates their religious liberty. Tuesday’s order asks the parties to address if birth control coverage could be provided to employees without any involvement by the religiously affiliated nonprofits.

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