Today U.S. Supreme Court Justices will hear arguments in the case brought against Obamacare by the Christian company Hobby Lobby in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. In short, the company is arguing the mandate requiring contraception coverage violates their First Amendment Rights to religious freedom. Companies Mardel and Conestoga Wood Specialties have joined Hobby Lobby in their lawsuit and many other companies have submitted amicus briefs in support of the suit.
In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Under the law, religious nonprofits were exempted from this requirement, but for-profit corporations were not.
The lead plaintiff before the court is Hobby Lobby Inc., a chain of 500 arts and crafts stores with 13,000 employees. The owners are conservative Christians who object to certain methods of birth control — IUDs and morning-after pills — because they can interfere with the creation of life once an egg is fertilized.
Before arguments get underway at the Supreme Court this morning, be sure to read Gabriel Malor’s take down of lies the media has been telling readers and viewers about this case over at The Federalist.