November 26th, 2013
11:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Supreme Court to take up Obamacare contraception case

Washington (CNN) - The high-stakes fight over implementing parts of the troubled healthcare reform law will move to the U.S. Supreme Court in coming months, in a dispute involving coverage for contraceptives and "religious liberty."

The justices agreed on Tuesday to review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay.

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  1. joeazona

    The courts have no right to tell someone how to run a private business when it comes to this. STAY OUT OF IT

    November 26, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Harry Cline

    Well ain't that a slick move.
    Here it comes loop hole 101.

    November 26, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Joseph

    I'm sure not every employee of Hobby Lobby shares the religious beliefs of the company's owners. So why should they be forced to by losing out on these coverages? How abaout their freedom FROM religion?

    November 26, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Michael MN

    The same court that says Corporations are people are now poised to let Corporations dictate there religeon on us

    November 26, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Peter D.

    Where does it end? If your employer is a Jehovah's Witness, should you be denied a life saving blood transfusion because it goes against their religious principles? This would be a bad precedent for all Americans, men and women alike. Employers should not be making decisions about health care for their employees.

    November 26, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Willly Nilly

    I stopped going to Hobby Lobby when this whole thing started. In my view they are going against the founding fathers and the Court's agreement to hear the case also goes against the founding fathers. Besides that, HL carries so much foreign junk that it has long made me uncomfortable just to be in the store. Cheap imported junk for people too lazy to develop their own creativity and too ignorant to seek out local art.

    November 26, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Aerosgrl

    Good for you Hobby Lobby! Stand up for what you believe in. I'm honestly tired tht Christians have to be tolerant of other religious groups but yet they are not tolerant of Christain views! There are exemptions all over for religious groups Why should this be any different! If you don't like it then don't go work there plain and simple! You should not have to pay for something you don't believe in!

    November 26, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. Rick

    I wager a 5-4 decision in favor of ObamaCare, Roberts for the tiebreaker.

    Here's hoping that Hobby Lobby loses. ObamaCare is flawed, to be sure. But employees losing out on benefits because a few company bigwigs wish to observe a hundreds of years old collection of historical fiction, ancient fables, wise man stories, and outdated views of gender equality and human rights?

    Health trumps religion. If your faith is dependent upon certain people being denied access to opportunities that can improve their lives and those of their families, with no better logic than "Because Jesus," then your faith is garbage. Enjoy your freedom to believe and practice as you will. However, when your faith requires others to suffer, you've crossed a line.

    Keep religion out of public policy. The god you believe in is no less ridiculous than anyone else's, and the the makers of policies should not be in the business of choosing which Invisible All-Knowing Sky Fairies are most deserving of recognition.

    November 26, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Name

    It's so sad that someone would oppose others' access to something so responsible as birth control. Obviously, it's your right to be against using birth control in your personal life. But this is simply a preventative healthcare measure that is enormously cost-effective, and produces effective results. I honestly cannot conceive of a more sensible, effective preventative health measure than birth control. Would you rather someone have access to birth control, or to an abortion for an unwanted pregnancy? Or worse, to give birth to an unwanted child? control should be the least controversial

    November 26, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Dave

    How DARE the Supreme Court take up a case against King Oblaimer! When will those rascals in the Court realize what the DNC has been selling the American public for years, King Oblaimer can do no workng and is infallable. Hopefully those who were placed on the Court to support King Oblaimer will take up the cause of Hope & Change!

    November 26, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    This case will be again thrown out to garbage. Religion and law are different.

    November 26, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. crimsoninok

    Hobby Lobby should prevail. Americans should not believe their right to practice their religion just because they own a company. If someone comes to work for you, they know your beliefs and they accept how that impacts the way you do business. This is America, it was founded on the fact that the first Americans were escaping religious persecution. Now that is coming around again, only now its Americans/Liberals that are doing the persecuting.

    November 26, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Dr. Cole

    "They say some of the drugs that would be provided prevent human embryos from being implanted in a woman's womb, which the Greens equate to abortion."

    According to their arguments, Obamacare is "impeding the free exercise of religion." This is a clear violation of the 1st Amendment. An employee is not "forced" to follow the corporate owner's religion...they are always free to choose another job, get supplemental coverage or pay for it in cash. The arguments that these 3 options violate law or violate the civil rights of the employee are not near as strong as the notion that the corporate owner's religious rights are being violated by having to fund what they view as abortion.

    The arguments that I have read on this thread that are in contrast to 1st amendment rights of the "individuals that own the corporation" are lacking in substance and also lacking in understanding of the laws.

    November 26, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Texas Gal

    Who shops at Hobby Lobby? The "quality" of the stuff they sell makes Wal-Mart look high end.

    November 26, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. CJ

    Hobby Lobby should win. If government telling us what is "in our best interest" is the right thing, then why are we all not mandated to own an Audi A6 since it is so safe?.....in Health insurance, why do I need contraception if I don't want it? What is the greater good? We could all drive Abrams tanks too and be pretty darn safe, or never eat fatty food again, or smoke, or run with scissors....where does it end? Or maybe that is the point....it doesn't

    November 26, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Virginia

    To Rudy in NYC: The First Amendments says nothing about "supporting" a religion. It says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." So our government cannot establish a religion, locally or across the nation, and it can't make any law that would stop us from exercising our religion–religion of any kind. Seems to me then, that Hobby Lobby has the law on its side, being that the owners/operators are being forced under the ACA to provide a product via insurance that violates the tenets of their religion. Simple.

    November 26, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Rick

    Crimson, the religious folks are the ones doing the persecuting. This is not a case of religious people being attacked for their beliefs, but religious people attacking and denying equality to others for NOT believing as they do.

    November 26, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Malory Archer

    Any business that refuses to cover contraceptives should be required to pay 100% of the cost of maternity, prenatal and post-natal care for any employee or family member who gets pregnant while employed by said business, and to pick up the tab for all medical care the offspring of those employees/family members birth as a result.

    If I owned a business, I would demand to be let off the hook for "male enhancement" drugs and in vitro fertilization.

    November 26, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Matthew 22:15-22
    New King James Version (NKJV)
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    15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”

    18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.”

    So they brought Him a denarius.

    20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”

    21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.”

    And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.

    ==============================================================
    On "religious grounds", huh. Any credible Christian knows that one is a hypocrite for not rendering to Caesar, that which is Caesar's.

    November 26, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. truth hurts but reality bites

    Joseph
    I'm sure not every employee of Hobby Lobby shares the religious beliefs of the company's owners. So why should they be forced to by losing out on these coverages? How abaout their freedom FROM religion?
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    If they don't like the company paid for benefits being offered they can surely take their services elsewhere. See you are not required to work for any employer. I'm sure there will be a lot of liberal companies advertising their very generous healthcare plans that will even cover the costs of abortion. That is where these people need to look for work if it is that important to them.

    November 26, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Justathot

    This should clarify things for some people. Some people may see crafting/home decorating as a calling, but unless you genuflect, sprinkle holy water, wave incense and medicate and leave with nothing else, it's not a religion. It's a STORE selling stuff. Look at what the place does, how it gets its money.

    November 26, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Gurgyl

    SC upholds birth control coverage. Religion and law are different.

    November 26, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Virginia

    To Rudy in NYC: The First Amendments says nothing about "supporting" a religion. It says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." So our government cannot establish a religion, locally or across the nation, and it can't make any law that would stop us from exercising our religion–religion of any kind. Seems to me then, that Hobby Lobby has the law on its side, being that the owners/operators are being forced under the ACA to provide a product via insurance that violates the tenets of their religion. Simple.
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    Are you that blinded by bias? Do you know what the phrase "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" even means? Don't you actually realize that "establishment of religion" means "HOUSE OF WORSHIP"? You are truly lost in space if you actually think that that is what the 1st Amendment means.

    November 26, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Tampa Tim

    Government cannot make laws prohibiting the free exercise of religion, only Hobby Lobby can do that.

    November 26, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. ibwiz

    My "religious liberty" demands that women have the choice! No one should be aloud to pick what medical needs another person has.

    November 26, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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