David Green

Baltimore Archbishop 'gratified' Supreme Court to hear birth control issue

Baltimore Archbishop 'gratified' Supreme Court to hear birth control issue

—The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to jump into a growing legal dispute between businesses run by conservative Christians and the Obama administration over whether a company must pay for birth control drugs that conflict with its owner's religious beliefs.

The decision to hear the case, which could affect millions of women with employer-provided health plans, means that for a second time, the justices will decide the fate of a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Last year, the court in a 5-4 decision upheld the requirement that individuals obtain basic health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The new cases test whether employers who offer insurance may be...

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