U.S. justices take up religious challenge to Obamacare provision

U.S. President Obama attends the opening session of the Nuclear Security summit in The HagueBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday considers 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. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the nine justices will hear an extended 90-minute oral argument, with the extra 30 minutes the court added to the usual hour-long session hinting at the complexity of the legal issues involved. The case pits religious rights against reproductive rights, with a heavy dose of politics added to the mix. Even the main lawyers in the case, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli for the Obama administration and Paul Clement for the religious employers, are familiar names.

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