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Birth Control Coverage Court Battle Focuses on States’ Harm

Oct. 19, 2018, 8:44 PM

Three appeals court judges Oct. 19 pressed attorneys on how new rules chipping away at an Obamacare regulation related to birth control hurt states.

The case broadly pits religious liberty rights against women’s rights.

The rules issued by the Trump administration give employers the right to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Some employers objected to providing insurance coverage for birth control on religious or moral grounds.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is considering whether it should uphold an order that prevented the rules from taking effect nationwide.

More than 62 million American...

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