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Supreme Court Rules Businesses Can Opt Out of Contraception Coverage

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 WASHINGTON D.C. - The United States Supreme Court has ruled employers with religious objections can refuse to pay for contraception.

The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.

The decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

And it means the Obama administration must find a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.

Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later.

The court stressed that its ruling applies only to corporations that are under the control of just a few people in which there is no essential difference between the business and its owners.