Gov't can't force employers to cover birth control, Supreme Court says

Lori Windham (C), senior counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty,addresses the news media in front of the Supreme Court after the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
Lori Windham (C), senior counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty,addresses the news media in front of the Supreme Court after the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores June 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 11:47 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is going to have to find another way to make sure that women get health care coverage that covers birth control contraceptives.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that some corporations can opt out of a federal requirement that mandates birth control coverage -- if they are owned by a small group of people with religious objections to providing the coverage.

Under the health care law that Obama signed in 2010, contraception is among the services that must be provided at no extra charge.

Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the opinion in Monday's 5-to-4 ruling, said the administration could now simply pay for pregnancy prevention itself. Or it could arrange for insurance companies or third-party administrators to take over the responsibility of paying for the birth control.

Among the justices in the majority was Chief Justice John Roberts -- who, two years ago, cast the pivotal vote to save the health care law. Monday, he sided with the four justices who would have struck down the entire law.

In a dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the court discounted the disadvantages that would be faced by employees who don't share the religious beliefs of their employers.

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