Supreme Court rules for companies over birth control mandate

Posted June 30, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama’s health care law that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control.

The court held on a 5-4 vote that closely held companies can seek an exemption from the so-called birth control mandate of the health care law. The decision means employees of those companies would have to obtain certain forms of birth control from other sources.