Obamacare contraceptive mandate heads to Supreme Court

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November 27, 2013

By Phil Heidenreich

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Washington, D.C.: The United States Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear two cases on the constitutionality of Obamacare's employer-mandated coverage of contraceptives. Two companies, Hobby Lobby and a Mennonite-owned cabinet making company, Conestoga Wood Specialties, received opposing judgements in lower courts and their cases were taken on by the Supreme Court. The two cases will be combined and arguments will be heard, likely beginning in March. Press Secretary Jay Carney commented on the decision of the Court to take on the case, "We believe this requirement is lawful and essential to women’s health and are confident the Supreme Court will agree."[1]

Hobby Lobby won a preliminary injunction in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before the Department of Justice appealed the case to the Supreme Court.[2] On the other hand, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that Conestoga Wood Specialties did not warrant an exemption from the law.[3] The Supreme Court decision could determine whether corporations have the same freedom of religion as individuals.[4]

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