The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Trump administration’s broad rollback of Obamacare rules requiring employers to provide free birth control to women, in a major victory for religious groups allied with President Donald Trump.
The Supreme Court, in its 7-2 ruling, sought to resolve a long-running legal battle that previously vexed the justices — how to strike the right balance between ensuring access to birth control and safeguarding religious freedom protections. But the court’s decision appears likely to revive debate over the culture war issue as the presidential election kicks into gear.
The decision allows the Trump administration to move forward with rules that would allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral exemption to providing birth control coverage. As a result, between 70,000 and 126,000 women could lose free birth control coverage, according to previous administration estimates.