Religious fight over contraception splits U.S. top court
WASHINGTON, March 25
WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Tuesday as it weighed whether business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that requires employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control.
On the key issue in the case, it was unclear during a 90-minute oral argument whether the court would say that the companies could have an exemption that would allow them to avoid providing the coverage. On a threshold question, a majority of justices appeared likely to rule for-profit corporations do have a right to make religious claims. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley and Joan Biskupic; Editing by Howard Goller)