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Hobby Lobby Wins Case in 5-4 Supreme Court Ruling

Submitted by Kady on July 1, 2014 - 10:58am

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations do not have to provide health insurance coverage for contraception if it goes against their religious beliefs.

Supporting this decision were Justices Anthony Kennedy, John G. Roberts, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas.
You can read the opinion yourself at the link below.

BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL. v. HOBBY LOBBY STORES, INC., ET AL

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan dissented. All four agree that the government is justified in requiring commercial enterprises to cover birth control. Ginsburg and Sotomayor also would have ruled that for-profit corporations are not covered by RFRA.

"And where is the stopping point to the 'let the government pay' solution?" Ginsburg asked. "Suppose it offends an employer's religious belief to pay the minimum wage, or to accord women equal pay for substantially similar work?"

The dissent, written by Justice Ginsburg, is linked below.

Dissent to Burwell v Hobby Lobby

Additional Reading

The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg's Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision (Mother Jones)

Read Justice Ginsburg's Passionate 35-Page Dissent of Hobby Lobby Decision (The Wire)

High Court Allows Some Companies To Opt Out Of Contraceptives Mandate (NPR)

"This clearly puts an employer in the exam room with me and my patient, and that's untenable..." --Dr. Jeanne Conry, immediate past president of the American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians

She noted that birth control devices like those at issue in Monday's case, IUDs, are the best and safest method of birth control for many women. And they are often used not to prevent pregnancy but to control abnormal bleeding and to prevent hysterectomies.