High court grants Wheaton College plea

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 5:03 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court has agreed to allow an evangelical college in Illinois that objects to paying for contraceptives in its health plan to avoid filling out a government document that the college says would violate its religious beliefs.

The justices said Thursday that Wheaton College does not have to fill out the contested form while its case is on appeal but can instead write the Department of Health and Human Services declaring that it is a religious nonprofit organization and making its objection to birth control.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor said they would have denied Wheaton's request and made the college fill out a form that enables their insurers or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control.

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