June 30th, 2014
11:13 AM ET
9 years ago

Supreme Court rules against Obama in contraception case

Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely held companies cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees, ending its term with a narrow legal and political setback for a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court's conservatives essentially ruled that some for-profit corporations have religious rights.


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  1. Donna

    "It has to do with FORCING OTHERS to violate their religious beliefs TO PAY for services and/or products FOR OTHERS. "
    Not really. This isn't a sweeping "you can't do this ever" decision...and it couldn't be because of the precedent regarding laws of neutral applicability. The conservative court knew that so they used the "least restrictive means" argument as their escape hatch to arrive at the result they wanted.

    Oh please, Mr. SpinMaster!! What's next, this is a false ruling just like everything else is a false scandal? Or is it a false equivalency (your favorite nonsense retort!)? You should learn to take your defeats with more grace and honesty.

    June 30, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. tom l

    "And your blabber about "you can choose not to work there" is a double edged sword: we can also choose not to shop there, and there WILL be boycott lists for people to reference"

    Soooooo, you basically agree with him. And I agree with you. It's not a double edged sword. It's called freedom. You can choose to boycott which is well within your rights. But nobody forces anybody to work at a particular place. That is your choice too. Can't you smell the freedom in the air? It's a good day for people that are concerned about an over reaching government. Spin away. But it's a good day for those of us who prefer freedom and less government.

    June 30, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. rick3807

    So the next logical application will be for the Hobby Lobby to issue a company policy that says to all employees that in lieu of working on Sunday they will attend church services and bring a signed attendance statement to work on Monday as a condition of employment.

    June 30, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Closed Corporations are People. Can they worship, bleed in war ?

    June 30, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. freedom

    Roberts is two years too late. This ruling however speaks to the mass intrusion Obamacare is in everyone's lives. Pelosi, Reid, and the Obama family will never be subject to it – they don't care about the ramifications – but here they are.

    June 30, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Tony D

    I am very concerned and dismayed that we have FOUR far left justices on the Supreme Court that would rule AGAINST the exercise of religious beliefs in favor of the GOVERNMENT. These four justices represent a clear and present danger to ALL OF US, our religious beliefs and to the Constitution. We are perilously close to losing this country to the far left extremists that think we are all government slaves and that our rights are granted by the government.

    June 30, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Dead Bear

    Yet another disgusting example of the hypocrisy of this court. No surprise considering it's conservative make up.

    June 30, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. it must be said

    "Looks like there's going to be some Hobby Lobby employees who are going to have to pony up $4 a month for their birth control pills.
    Nope. You didn't read the decision. What will likely happen now is that the federal gov't will step in to cover the difference.

    On what page of the Obamacare bill was this stated? Congress decides how money is spent, not the Dictator in the White House.

    June 30, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "the far left democrat party and its rabid followers (cult followers!) just hate it when they can't pry our mouths open and force us to swallow their garbage."

    Someone is trying to force you to take birth control? Can you put that on video for us?

    June 30, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Shame on SC.

    June 30, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    The tyrant loses one. A small victory for the people of America.

    June 30, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein

    So, when will the SCOTUS be saying that corporations get the right to vote? That is the extension of the idea that corporations have religious view points, isn't it?

    My question is how will this affect the women working for the company that need these medical prescriptions that allow them to do what they want to do? What about the rumors of Hobby Lobby investing in companies that make these materials? If there is truth to those point, then this company should be called hypocrites to say the least.

    June 30, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    Religious Persecution in America by Christians. Conservatives now playing The Victim.

    June 30, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But it's a good day for those of us who prefer freedom and less government."

    Oh, I don't know, tom. I'd have to disagree on the freedom and less government thingy. But, hey. Pump the words all you want.

    As for me, I do find this ruling encroaching on my rights of keeping religion out of government. Then again, I'm not trying to force others to accept my opinions, religious or otherwise. As far as the less government thingy? Is not the SCOTUS considered "government"? And did they not just restrict women's access to certain birth control coverage that can be offered to certain corporate employee's (considered to be a for profit employment corporation) under religious pretext?

    June 30, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  15. Dean

    I'm glad Justice Roberts at least cast the correct vote this time.

    June 30, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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