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On Tuesday The U.S. Supreme Court added a new legal challenge to the health care law, agreeing to consider whether corporation owners who oppose abortion will be required to provide free coverage of government-approved forms of contraception – whether or not it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Federal officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the government mandate that private companies offer employees birth control coverage despite the business owner's moral objections, with the company at the center of the suit owned by billionaire evangelical Christians.
Hobby Lobby has solidified its victory against the HHS contraceptive mandate, as a lower court agreed with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals July 19 and temporarily banned the enforcement of the mandate on the evangelical-owned craft chain.
In a decision giving hope to opponents of the federal contraception coverage mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hobby Lobby won't have to start paying millions of dollars in fines next week for not complying with the requirement.
Will Hobby Lobby, despite the religious objections of its owners, be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs to its employees? If so, what will come next for Christian business owners? If not, what are the consequences?
Lawyers for arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby argued again Friday the company should not be forced to provide employee health insurance that includes abortifacient drugs, something its Christian owners oppose.