The Supreme Court ruled that certain “closely-held” for-profit companies can opt out of free contraceptive coverage for their employees as a requirement of ObamaCare, citing religious objections. Two companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialities, challenged the requirement in the healthcare law that employers cover contraception for women at no extra charge among a range of other preventive benefits in company employee health insurance packages.
The court emphasized that its ruling made on Monday, June 30, applies to corporations that are under the control of just a few people. The company owners do not oppose every type of birth control, but object to “morning-after” emergency contraceptive methods such as Plan B and Ella. The 5-4 decision in favor of these two for-profit corporations marks the first time the court has ruled that businesses can cite religious views under federal law. Some media watchers believe that the Supreme Court has entered into a war on women with the aim of limiting women’s access to healthcare.
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