Texas Conservatives Laud Court Ruling on Birth Control

Updated, 3 p.m., June 30:

Texas conservatives hailed a Monday Supreme Court ruling on contraceptive insurance coverage as a victory for religious liberty, while reproductive-rights activists decried it as an invitation for employers to interfere with women’s access to birth control.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that a part of the Affordable Care Act requiring businesses to provide insurance coverage for contraception violates a federal law protecting religious freedom. In a 5-4 decision, the court held that a family-owned, for-profit corporation counts as a “person” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which places a ...

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