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Still Waiting On High Court’s Decision On Birth Control Coverage Mandate

A decision could be issued any day. Also still in the mix is the court's ruling on a First Amendment challenge to a Massachusetts law that established a 35-foot buffer zone to restrict demonstrators outside of abortion clinics.  

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog: A Guide To The Supreme Court’s Birth Control Decision
Two Junes ago, we were waiting on a major Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. It's funny how history repeats itself. Any day now, the high court is set to rule on challenges to the administration's requirement that employer health plans provide a wide range of birth control at no-out-of-pocket cost. The challenges, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, was were brought by two employers who argue the contraception mandate violates their religious freedom (Millman, 6/20). 

USA Today: Eight Big Cases Await Supreme Court Rulings
The Supreme Court will issue decisions on three days this week as it seeks to conclude its 2013 term a week from today. … Abortion clinics. This is a First Amendment challenge to a Massachusetts law that restricted demonstrators outside abortion clinics by setting up 35-foot buffer zones. … Religious freedom. This is Obama's third major test pending before the court. His health care law mandates that most employers provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives. For-profit companies with religious objections are challenging (Wolf, 6/23). 

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