SCOTUS revisits Ocare on religious objections to birth control req't. Think they'll rule if you like your religion, you can keep it? #tcot
— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) December 4, 2013
Here’s the report:
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has agreed to hear another challenge to President Obama’s health care law — this time on the so-called contraception mandate.
The justices announced Tuesday that they will take up the long-running dispute over whether businesses can use religious objections to avoid a requirement in the law to cover birth control for employees. Despite the 2012 high court ruling that upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, dozens of lawsuits have continued to proceed from companies asking to be spared from having to cover some or all forms of contraception.
The matter has divided the lower courts. The Supreme Court could consider the challenge as early as March.
The court will consider two cases. One involves Hobby Lobby Inc., an Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain with 13,000 full-time employees. Hobby Lobby, owned by founder David Green and his family, won in the lower courts.
“This is a major step for the Greens and their family businesses in an important fight for Americans’ religious liberty,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which is representing Hobby Lobby. “We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will clarify once and for all that religious freedom in our country should be protected for family business owners like the Greens.”