Supreme Court Sides With Trump In Birth Control Opt-Out Case

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July 08, 2020 - 9:57 am

    The Supreme Court is siding with the Trump administration in its effort to allow more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women as required by the Affordable Care Act.

    The high court on Wednesday said 7-2 the administration acted properly when it allowed more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of covering birth control. 

    As a result of the Obama-era health law most employers must cover birth control as a preventive service, at no charge to women, in their insurance plans.​

    The Court is also siding with two Catholic schools in a ruling that underscores that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can't sue for employment discrimination.

    The high court's ruling on Wednesday was 7-2. The justices had previously said in a unanimous 2012 decision that the Constitution prevents ministers from suing their churches for employment discrimination.

    But the court didn't specifically define at that time who counts as a minister. The new ruling makes that clear.