Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

573 U.S. 682 Supreme Court 2014
itisstartlingthatthe Courtcanpretend thata for-profit corporation’s religious beliefsmatterandtheability of women tocontrol their reproductive livesisnotimportant

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was responsible for determining which kinds of preventive care for women would be covered by employer-based health plans. Certain organizations were exempt from having to provide these services, including religious and non-profit organizations; for-profit corporations were not considered exempt at the time. In 2012, Hobby Lobby, a for-profit company with conservative Christian owners opposing contraception as immoral, stopped covering contraceptives, and filed a lawsuit.

In an all male majority decision, with three female judges and one male judge dissenting, the Supreme Court ruled that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows for-profit privately held companies to deny contraception coverage to employees as part of their healthcare plans. According to Planned Parenthood this ruling impacts over 50% of US workers.

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