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Supreme Court Backs Trump Plan To Deny Birth Control To Workers

(Washington, DC) — The Supreme Court is backing a Trump Administration plan to help companies deny giving their workers free birth control. The seven-to-two ruling means up to 126-thousand women in this country may lose birth control coverage. The High Court ruled publicly-traded companies and large universities could claim a religious objection to providing the coverage. Even those without a moral objection are now exempt from the requirement. The ruling helps President Trump deliver on a campaign promise to roll back coverage provided in Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act stipulates that health insurance provided by employers must include birth control as a preventative service at no cost. The Trump administration sought to expand the moral and religious exemptions to that mandate. This is the third time the high court has ruled on the issue. The Supreme Court ruled that civil courts cannot be involved in employment discrimination suits brought against religious organizations where the employee served a religious function. The decision expands upon a ruling from 2012, in which the court said that religious organizations are granted a “ministerial exception” from employment discrimination lawsuits.