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Hobby Lobby: Supreme Court rules companies not required to pay for contraception

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby over Obamacare.
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby over Obamacare.
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Early on the morning of Monday, June 30, 2014, a huge Supreme Court ruling was made that states corporations and companies are not required or forced to pay for contraceptives for women. CNN reported that the ruling states corporations can hold religious objections allowing them to opt out of the new health law requirement.

The ruling was made by a 5-4 vote on Monday and it marks the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses, such as Hobby Lobby, can hold any type of religious views under federal law.

This ruling also means that the Obama administration must find a different way of providing free contraception to women who are going to be covered under the health insurance plans of companies that object.

It was two years ago, that Chief Justice John Roberts cast his vote and it helped to save the health care law in the middle of Obama's campaign to be re-elected as President of the United States. Monday morning saw Roberts side with the four justices who have put the law down entirely.

The four liberal justices of the Supreme Court voted against the ruling.

Contraception is only one service in a wide array of them that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law known as Obamacare to so many. It was signed by the president in 2010.

The Supreme Court let it be clearly known that this ruling applies only to those corporations that are under the control of just a few people. In that regard, it means there is no huge difference between the owners and the business.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion and said the ruling is limited to contraceptives under the health care act/law:

"Our decision should not be understood to hold that an insurance-coverage mandate must necessarily fall if it conflicts with an employer's religious beliefs," Alito said.

The contraceptives at the focus of the issue before the Supreme Court were those known as Plan B, ella, and two IUDs.

Separate lawsuits are now in place to challenge contraception provision from religiously affiliated hospitals, charities, and colleges.

Hobby Lobby is the largest employer of any company that has taken the fight for birth control division in front of the court. Hobby Lobby has more than 600 stores in 41 states and employs more than 15,000 full-time employees.

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