Birth Control Coverage Before Justices


WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court will consider challenges to the health care law Tuesday from Christian business owners who say the birth control mandate violates their religious beliefs.
The Obama administration says the evangelicals who own Hobby Lobby and the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties have personal religious rights, but their companies do not.
The companies’ lawyers disagree and maintain that Americans don’t give up their constitutional rights when they open a business. They also note that women can access birth control without their employers being forced to pay for it.
But the Obama administration says it has a compelling interest in deciding what’s covered by health insurance.
The federal appeals court in Denver ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby. Conestoga Wood lost its case at the federal appeals court in Philadelphia.

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