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FLASH: Supreme Court Holds For Hobby Lobby, Against Obamacare Abortion Mandate

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby

In a stunning setback for the Obama administration and the abortion industry's culture of death, the Supreme Court today issued a ruling that Christian business owners with religious objections to certain forms of birth control may refuse to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives that induce abortions.

Reuters reports that in the majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito, the court said the ruling applies only to the birth control mandate and does not mean companies would necessarily succeed if they made similar claims to other insurance requirements, such as vaccinations and drug transfusions.

In the majority opinion, Alito indicated that employees could still be able to obtain the birth control coverage via an accommodation to the mandate that the Obama administration has already introduced for religious-affiliated nonprofits. The accommodation allows health insurance companies to provide the coverage without the employer being involved in the process.

Under the accommodation, eligible non-profits must provide a "self certification", described by one lower court judge as a "permission slip" authorizing insurance companies to provide the coverage. The accommodation is itself the subject of a separate legal challenge.

The justices ruled for the first time that for-profit companies can make claims under a 1993 federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

The decision will affect similar cases brought by employers around the country. There are 49 cases in total, according to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Religious institutions are already exempt from the requirement.

The company owners involved in litigation around the country do not all oppose every type of birth control. Some, including Hobby Lobby and Conestoga, object only to emergency contraceptive methods, such as the so-called morning-after pill, which induce an abortion.

The closely watched cases are Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 13-354, 13-356. (formerly Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius)

As we digest the implications of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision we will have more news and commentary on the decision in this important case. Go here to read the Court's decision.

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