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Q & A: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell
With Princeton's Matthew J. Franck, who sides with the sisters on contraceptive mandate

Nuns supporting Little Sisters of the Poor, attend a rally in front of the US Supreme Court, March 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

After Wednesday's oral arguments before the Supreme Court on the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, CQ's Todd Ruger reported that the high court seemed "split between the Obama administration’s aim to provide contraceptive coverage to all women and the objections of religious nonprofit groups to their role in that process."

The mandate in the health care law passed six years ago this week requires most employers offer health insurance coverage that includes free birth control. Religious nonprofits can be exempted if they sign a form notifying the government, which then sets up the coverage through the group’s existing plan at no additional cost to the organization.