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Contraceptive Coverage, 'Buffer Zone' Cases Among Supreme Court Rulings To Watch

Contraceptive Coverage, 'Buffer Zone' Cases Among Supreme Court Rulings To Watch

June 5, 2014 — The Supreme Court in the next few weeks will release some of its most "far-reaching" decisions of the term, including one on businesses' challenges to the federal contraceptive coverage rules and another on "buffer zones" around reproductive health clinics, National Journal reports.

The contraceptive coverage case is "the most highly anticipated" of all this year, according to National Journal. At issue in the case is whether corporations may refuse to comply with federal requirements that they offer contraceptive coverage in their employer-sponsored health plans, based on the business owners' religious beliefs.

Meanwhile, the buffer zone case challenges a Massachusetts law that creates a 35-foot protest-free zone around reproductive health clinics. The plaintiff in the case claims it "violates her free speech rights," National Journal notes (Vasilogambros, National Journal, 6/4).