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SCOTUS rules in Hobby Lobby

Updated: Monday, June 30 2014, 08:57 PM EDT

Washington, D.C. – Monday the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of two family-run businesses that fought an Affordable Care Act provision that would have required them to provide free contraceptives to employees.

Supporters of the arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby and cabinet makers Conestoga Wood applauded the decision which said “the contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion”.

The White House argues this ruling jeopardizes the health of all women employed by these and other closely-held companies.

“President Obama believes that women should make personal health care deicisons for themselves, rather than their bosses deciding for them,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

This ruling is the first time that the High Court has ever ruled that for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

The court stopped short of extending that same protection to large publicly traded companies.

“The Court kept the focus where it belongs, on families like the Greens and the Hahn’s and on everyday Americans who seek to live out their faith,” said Lori Windham, attorney for Hobby Lobby.

Many supporters of women’s rights are worried that this ruling could pave the way for bigger companies to follow suit.

SCOTUS rules in Hobby Lobby


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