The Trump administration's effort to exempt employers with religious or moral objections from offering insurance coverage for contraceptives teetered Wednesday before a closely divided Supreme Court.
With Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denouncing the regulation from her hospital room due to illness, Chief Justice John Roberts emerged as the potential swing vote in a battle that has stretched for nearly a decade.
Under the Affordable Care Act, most employers must provide cost-free coverage for contraceptives. Churches and other houses of worship were exempted from the start; religious charities, hospitals and universities can direct their insurers to provide the coverage directly. And in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that privately held corporations with religious objections also could opt out.