Science Question Hangs Over High Court Birth Control Case

Law360, New York (January 10, 2014, 7:07 PM EST) -- A pivotal question looms large for the U.S. Supreme Court as it prepares to decide whether Affordable Care Act regulations that mandate birth control coverage by employers violate religious freedoms — namely, whether the birth control actually acts in the way that plaintiffs find objectionable.

At issue are emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices opposed by Christian arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Mennonite-owned cabinet maker Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., whose suits are consolidated at the high court.

Recent evidence has cast doubt on the theory...
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