Coffee Club: Are Employers Obligated to Cover Birth Control?

Published 03/25 2014 08:26AM

Updated 03/25 2014 09:10AM

Do you think Hobby Lobby has the right to refuse birth control coverage to its employees, based off personal beliefs?

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Tuesday involving contraception coverage and religious liberty.

Justices are considering lawsuits filed by arts and crafts chain, Hobby Lobby.

The court will review provisions under the Affordable Care Act, requiring for-profit employers of a certain size to offer insurance benefits for birth control without a co-pay.

At issue is whether certain companies can refuse to do so on the sincere claim it would violate the long-established personal beliefs of their owners.

The two separate appeals will be heard together in the high court's one-hour public session.

A decision could clarify whether businesses have a religious liberty right, or whether such constitutional protections apply only to individuals.

The ruling is expected by late June.

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