The new Supreme Court term starts today, and sometime this fall the court will consider whether to hear challenges to the Affordable Care Act's requirement that health insurance provide coverage for contraception without a co-pay.

Wait -- didn't that already happen, you ask?

Yes, it did. Last summer, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to women's rights when it held that Hobby Lobby had the right to deny contraception coverage to its female employees because doing so would have contradicted its owners' religious beliefs.

In deciding Hobby Lobby, the court relied on the fact that the government had already developed a religious "accommodation" for certain employers that still ensured that employees could get contraception coverage. This accommodation -- then in place for religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations -- allows an employer to send a form to its insurance company or the federal government stating that the employer has a religious objection to covering contraception. Then, the insurance company works directly with the employee to provide her the coverage she needs. In other words, all the objecting employer has to do is raise its hand and say, "I object!" and the insurance company takes care of everything else.

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