Jus­tices give Trump win on con­tra­cep­tion law

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wed­nes­day in fa­vor of the re­li­gious rights of em­ploy­ers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women with­out free con­tra­cep­tion. In both cases, the court ruled 7-2, with lib­eral Jus­tices Elena Ka­gan and Stephen Breyer join­ing con­ser­va­tives. The rul­ings are a sig­nif­i­cant win for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. In the more prom­i­nent case, in­volv­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care over­haul, the jus­tices green­lighted changes the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had sought in 2017 al­low­ing more em­ploy­ers to opt out of pro­vid­ing the no-cost birth con­trol cov­er­age re­quired un­der the law, but lower courts had blocked the changes.

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