Health law birth control coverage before justices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another case related to President Barack Obama's health care law is before the Supreme Court this week.

At issue is whether the religious rights of employers trump the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.

The court is hearing arguments tomorrow in a religion-based challenge from family-owned companies that object to covering certain contraceptives as part of the law's preventive care requirement.

The companies are willing to cover most methods of contraception, as long as they can exclude drugs or devices that the government says may work after an egg has been fertilized.

The largest company among them, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., and the Green family that owns it, say their religious beliefs forbid them to sell such contraceptives.

The administration says a victory for the companies would prevent women from making decisions about birth control based on what's best for their health.

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218-a-16-(Alina Salganicoff, director of woman's health policy for the Kaiser (KY'-zur) Family Foundation, at Kaiser Family Foundation forum)-"Affordable Care Act"-Alina Salganicoff, director of woman's health policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation, says the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the health care law's birth control mandate on Tuesday. (23 Mar 2014)

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221-a-04-(Marci Hamilton, Yeshiva University law professor, at Kaiser Family Foundation forum)-"war right now"-Yeshiva University law professor Marci Hamilton says the Supreme Court cases involve religious rights and women's access to birth control. ((cut used in wrap)) (23 Mar 2014)

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219-a-12-(Laurie Sobel (SOH'-bul), women's health policy analyst for the Kaiser (KY'-zur) Family Foundation, at Kaiser Family Foundation forum)-"required to do"-Laurie Sobel, women's health policy analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation, says the Supreme Court will consider whether corporations have religious rights that are violated by the birth control mandate. (23 Mar 2014)

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217-w-31-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Marci Hamilton, Yeshiva University law professor)--The Supreme Court will consider challenges to the health care law, Tuesday, from business owners who say the birth control mandate violates their religious beliefs. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (23 Mar 2014)

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220-a-08-(Laurie Sobel (SOH'-bul), women's health policy analyst for the Kaiser (KY'-zur) Family Foundation, at Kaiser Family Foundation forum)-"services including vaccinations"-Laurie Sobel, women's health policy analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation, says the cases can have an impact on more than birth control. (23 Mar 2014)

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