Supreme Court Allows Companies to Refuse Contraception Coverage
The Supreme Court ruled today that family-owned companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception on the basis of religious grounds. The owners of Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, sued the Obama administration saying the required health insurance violated religious freedom. The Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court was affirmed by the Supreme Court, and now other closely held companies that follow Christian beliefs, such as Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., can opt out of the contraceptive mandate. The White House said the ruling "jeopardizes the health of women."
By Jordan Moses
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