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US Supreme Court to rule on birth control

Published on Jun 29, 2014 6:08 AM
 
A sign supporting traditional marriage is seen during the second annual 'March for Marriage' on June 19, 2014 at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court will rule on Monday on whether an employer can cite religious beliefs as a reason to limit employees’ access to birth control. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Supreme Court will rule on Monday on whether an employer can cite religious beliefs as a reason to limit employees’ access to birth control.

Saving the most sensitive issue for its last day of the current term, ahead of a three-month recess, the Supreme Court is also expected to be the site of protests from both sides of the issue as the hearing gets underway.

The decision, hotly awaited since arguments on March 25, is the first related to President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform since the court upheld the law two years ago.

The controversy relates to four of the 20 contraception methods that the law requires be 100 per cent reimbursed by insurance: two types of morning-after pills and two types of intrauterine devices, or IUDs.

 
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