Birth Control Rule Seems to Divide Supreme Court

Updated: 06/30/2014 7:37 AM
Created: 06/30/2014 7:36 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is expected to release its ruling today on whether Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.
The family-owned companies that are challenging the provision provide health insurance to their employees but object to covering certain methods of birth control that they say can work after conception, in violation of their religious beliefs.
Hobby Lobby, with more than 15,000 full-time employees at 600 stores in 41 states, is owned by the Green family, evangelical Christians who say they run their business on biblical principles. The other company awaiting today's ruling is Conestoga Wood Specialties, which is owned by a family of Mennonite Christians.
The companies and their backers argue that a 1993 federal law on religious freedom extends to businesses through their owners.

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