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Shape, March 17, 2014
Cristina Goyanes, interview with Holly Lynch (Petrie-Flom Executive Director)

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[...] Starting March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing religious disputes over the contraception mandate, which requires employer health insurance coverage of contraceptive methods (without deductibles or co-pays). The main legal argument goes beyond the ethics of reproductive rights and instead centers around whether the law violates the first amendment right to religious freedom for the relevant parties. If the Supreme Court rules that the mandate does violate religious freedom, then it will not be enforceable against certain employers and Congress (or regulators) will have to make some adjustments if they want women to have free access to contraceptives. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the mandate, certain employers will have to swallow their religious objections and offer health insurance coverage of all preventive services, including birth control.

To better understand both sides of the argument, we asked Holly Lynch, a health care law and bioethics expert at Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center to break down what to expect. [...]

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