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Obamacare birth control mandate to be challenged in Supreme Court by Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood Specialties

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases Tuesday, March 25, that could end up changing which businesses must obey Obamacare's contraception mandate and how. 

 

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

Two cases that will go before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, March 25, could change which contraceptives religious businesses are required to cover for their employees through the Affordable Care Act. 

Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet-making company owned by a Mennonite family, don't object to covering most forms of birth control, but have balked at the idea of paying for contraceptives such as Plan B, ella and IUDs, the Washington Post reported.

The two businesses disagree with these forms of birth control because they prevent implantation of fertilized eggs as opposed to stopping conception at its start, the New York Daily News reported.

This is hardly unheard of – at this point, at least 47 companies have tried to legally fight the contraception mandate, the Post reported. Just last month, the issue came close to home when a federal appeals court ruled against Notre Dame in the its fight to not cover birth control.

So far, three federal appeals courts have ruled against mandated contraception coverage, while two more have upheld it, CNN reported. Needless to say, there's been some disagreement on the topic. 

What do you hope the high court's ruling is on the issue? Do you think religious businesses should be able to deny employees contraceptives they disagree with?

For a great summary of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga's cases, check out The Washington Post's blog post titled "Here's what you need to know about the Hobby Lobby case."




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Updated on July 23, 2014 at 2:23 a.m.
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