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High court may hear suits on employees’ birth control

NEW YORK — In a flood of lawsuits, Roman Catholics, evangelicals, and Mennonites are challenging a provision in the new health care law that requires employers to cover birth control in employee health plans — a high-stakes clash between religious freedom and health care access that appears headed to the Supreme Court.

In recent months, federal courts have seen dozens of lawsuits brought not only by religious institutions like Catholic dioceses but also by private employers, ranging from a pizza mogul to produce transporters, who say the government is forcing them to violate core tenets of their faith.

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