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Birth control ban poll: Majority oppose birth control ban, Supreme Court to rule

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A birth control ban poll is revealing, on the day that the Supreme Court is set to make a decision on contraceptives, that the majority of Americans oppose letting their employers exclude certain contraceptives from insurance plans.

A Reuters/Ipsos opinion survey, published on June 29, polled over 10,000 Americans and asked them if they agreed or disagreed with this question: Employers should have the right to choose what forms of contraceptives their health plans provide, based on heir religious beliefs.

Over 50 percent disagreed; of those, over 40 percent selected that they “strongly disagreed.” Twelve percent were unsure, leaving only 35 percent in agreement with the statement.

In the survey write-up, Reuters said: “In one of the most closely watched cases of the year, the nine-member court will weigh whether for-profit corporations may raise religious objections to a mandate in President Barack Obama's signature 2010 healthcare law that their insurance cover contraceptives.”

The Supreme Court Justices are scheduled to sit at 10 a.m. ET today for the last day of their term. They evidently are saving the best (or worst depending on your opinion) for last.

It brings to the forefront thorny questions of religious freedom and reproductive rights, along with enduring politicking over the law known as Obamacare, itself broadly upheld by the Supreme Court in 2012. – Reuters news service

A related article by The Associated Press, as carried by Huffington Post, picks up the details:

Dozens of companies, including the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby, claim religious objections to covering some or all contraceptives.

The methods and devices at issue before the Supreme Court are those that Hobby Lobby and furniture maker Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. of East Earl, Pennsylvania, say can work after conception. They are the emergency contraceptives Plan B and ella, as well as intrauterine devices, which can cost up to $1,000.

The Obama administration says insurance coverage for birth control is important to women's health and reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies, as well as abortions.

The Moderate Voice called the vote a potential “birth control bombshell,” and stated that the Supreme Court has already “wiped away many of the ‘givens’ of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century,” and depending on the ruling, their decision may feed into the thinking of some that “the Supreme Court is an activist, perhaps radical, court.”

Where do you fall in the framework of this contentious vote? The poll suggest the public is opposed to rolling back the use of contraceptives. Are you in line with that or are you looking for a different result? Sound off below.