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US Supreme Court Allows Companies to Deny Contraceptives

Posted on Jul 01, 2014


The court ruled in favor of 5 to 4 for the companies that are claiming that their religious freedom is being denied whenever they are obligated to pay for contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act.

Two major companies, who run based on Christian principles, Hobby Lobby, claim that the requirement for the companies to pay for contraceptives is a “burden” on their “religious liberty.” However, under the Act, if companies were to deny the requests, they could face fines up to $475 million.

The Act’s sole purpose is to provide women access to contraceptives. However, officials understand now that forcing companies to pay for contraceptives that are let alone against contraceptives, is a violation of religious liberty. Officials are considering alternatives to cover these costs.

While some companies are completely against contraceptives as a whole, some companies are willing to pay for most contraceptives, but not abortion.

Many are opposed to this ruling, those that are claiming companies should not even bring up the Bible because some companies may use this claim as a way of getting out of paying for a worker’s bill. On the other hand, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. explains that a company is “imply a form of organization used by human beings to achieve desired ends,” also adding the reason why the Court resided with Hobby Lobby, “When rights, whether constitutional or statutory, are extended to corporations, the purpose is to protect the rights of these people.”






Liptak, Adam. "Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations." The New York Times. The New York Times, 30 June 2014. Web. 01 July 2014.

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