Health Law Birth Control Coverage Before Justices

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in a pair of challenges to a part of President Obama’s health care law that requires many employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.

It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do.

In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument, 30 minutes more than usual. A ruling is expected by the end of June.

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