- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More than two-thirds of Americans support an Obamacare rule requiring employers to insure birth control as part of company health plans, according a new study.

The survey led by Michelle Moniz, a University of Michigan researcher, found that 69 percent of U.S. adults support the so-called contraception mandate tied to the health care law.

“In this study, women, blacks, and Hispanics were more likely to support coverage of birth control medications than were men, older individuals and adults without children in the home. In other words, support is higher among individuals who may be more likely to directly benefit from affordable birth control,” said Ms. Moniz, whose study was published this week in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The Obama administration’s birth-control rule is a controversial one.

By June, the Supreme Court will rule on whether for-profit employers who object to the mandate on religious grounds may qualify for an exemption.

The justices, during oral argument last month, seemed fearful of opening the door to an array of carve-outs for people who object to laws on religious grounds. But they also seemed inclined to accommodate a pair of companies that brought their grievances before the court.

Dozens of corporations have filed suit over the mandate, although the pair before the Supreme Court only objected to morning-after pills like Plan B and ella, which they equate with abortion.

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