July 8, 2020 / 2:20 PM / a month ago

U.S. Supreme Court allows broader religious exemption to birth control coverage

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday endorsed a plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to give employers broad religious and moral exemptions from a federal mandate that health insurance they provide employees covers women’s birth control.

The court ruled 7-2 against the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which challenged the legality of the administration’s 2018 rule weakening the so-called contraceptive mandate of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly called 7, that has drawn the ire of Christian conservatives. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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