Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Hobby Lobby

In a narrow, 5-4 victory for Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court has ruled that “closely held” corporations don’t have to provide insurance for contraceptions perceived to be potential abortifacient if it goes against their religious beliefs. The ruling is a consolidation of two cases (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, No. 13-354, and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell, No. 13-356), and determines the lawfulness of the Affordable Care Act of requiring many corporations to provide contraception coverage insurance. The Court says the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to provide contraception insurance was not the “least restrictive” way possible, per the federal law’s requirements. In essence, “closely held” (not publicly traded) corporations can refuse to pay for contraceptions they believe to be abortifacients on religious grounds …

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