U. S. Supreme Court to Hear Hobby Lobby Contraception Mandate Case Today

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The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the most prominent case yet pitting some Americans’ religious rights against Obamacare’s edicts Tuesday.

Some say Obamacare is forcing business owners who believe abortion is a sin to pay for contraception that will terminate life in the womb.

Others warn if the justices side with those business owners, it could lead to all sorts of business owners using religion to try to dodge all sorts of laws.

Hobby Lobby’s owners have lived out their religious beliefs through the store chain for decades, like keeping all Hobby Lobbys closed on Sundays.

They company is in court because they say Obamacare will force them to cough up coverage for drugs and devices that basically abort life at its earliest stage in the womb.

Those on the other side of the case say if the Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby, it’s basically saying that businesses, not just people, have religious rights. Opponents believe that’s nonsense.

But the Green family who started Hobby Lobby say, as the owners, if they have to pay for contraceptives that kill potential life, that’s a direct violation of their religious conscience.

Attorney Lori Windham, with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, has been fighting for the Greens against the Obamacare mandate that Hobby Lobby must cover 20 forms of contraception. The company only wants to be freed from having to cover four of those.

“In the law Congress said you had to cover women’s preventive services, and a federal agency decided that women’s preventive services meant all forms of contraception, including four drugs and devices that could terminate a human life,” Windham told CBN News. “And that’s something that the Greens cannot pay for in good conscience. If you do not comply with this, then you are looking at penalties that very quickly run into the millions of dollars.”

One of the nation’s top secularists told CBN News Hobby Lobby’s desire to be free of giving its workers what Obamacare guarantees them is just wrong.

“Think about an employer who has 10,000 employees, and all those employees have different personal beliefs. But should that one employer’s religious belief trump each one of the individual 10,000 employees’ religious beliefs?” Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said.

Rogers said to imagine the chaos if every employer can claim his religion exempts him from Obamacare’s mandates.

“What if that employer happens to be a Jehovah’s Witness and they’re opposed to blood transfusions?” Rogers asked. “My daughter is alive today because she got a blood transfusion. What if the employer is Christian Scientist and they believe you shouldn’t have access to any type of modern health care? That you should only be praying to their God?”

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Paul Strand

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