Obamacare birth control back in front of Supreme Court

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By: Mark Sherman/Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge from faith-based groups that object to an Obama administration effort to ensure their employees and students can get cost-free birth control.

The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday on the sixth anniversary of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in a case at the intersection of the law, religion and birth control.

The 2010 law is making its fourth Supreme Court appearance in five years.

The issue this time is the arrangement the administration devised to make sure that religiously oriented colleges, charities and advocacy groups do not have to pay for or arrange the provision of contraceptives to which they object, while ensuring that women covered under their health plans still can obtain birth control.