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Supreme Court: Now employers can opt out from contraceptive coverage

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The Supreme Court now says that corporations can uphold religious objections and they can choose to opt out of a requirement that says they must give contraceptive coverage to all women in their employ.

How Many Were in Favor?

After Monday's decision with 5-4 in favor of it, the Supreme Court has stated that "profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. "

What Does This Mean?

It means Obama's administration must find another way for women to be given free contraception if they are covered under a company's insurance plan but that company objects to contraception for religious reasons.

Should the Benefit Continue?

"It's good that all women can still get contraception. That benefit should not be lost," says San Francisco resident, Katie Adler.

"Yes," agrees Tracey Kahn, the mother of two children. "It is almost a no-brainer that this benefit should be provided. We don't want to go back to a darker time in history when women had no choice."

When the Benefit Started

The Health Care Act provides for women to be given free contraception after Obama signed that service into law in 2010. The Supreme Court upheld the decision back in 2012.

Talking about the issue, the New York Times reported:

The decision, which applied to two companies owned by Christian families, opened the door to challenges from other corporations to many laws that may be said to violate their religious liberty.

The coverage requirement was challenged by two corporations whose owners say they try to run their businesses on religious principles: Hobby Lobby, a chain of crafts stores, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, which makes wood cabinets.

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Source: ABC 7 News

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