Many women across the country applauded when President Obama declared in his signature Affordable Care Act of 2010 that all employers would be required "to cover birth control free of cost to women."
But that reality took a sharp turn in January 2012 when the Department of Health and Human Services rolled out the requirements. Organizations with religious ties—including universities, hospitals, and social service organizations—fought the mandate as an infringement on their constitutional rights.
A fierce church-versus-state battle ensued, and an "accommodation" by the Obama administration that allowed a third-party to handle contraception coverage wasn't enough to mollify the outcry from religious and right-wing groups.
Lawsuits followed, and though women's health groups praised the administration, many religious organizations remain upset.
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