By Brian Mahoney (June 30, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Monday allowing closely held companies to claim exemptions from the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate will embolden a broad array of new challenges to the controversial law, experts say, despite a majority opinion that said the decision should be read narrowly.
In a 5-4 vote, the justices ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to closely held companies and shields them from providing contraception coverage to their employees. That means Hobby Lobby Inc., the respondent in Monday's case, won't have to offer the types of birth control to its employees that it finds...
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