Awaiting Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling, Public Favors Contraception Mandate
By Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News On June 23, 2014
A Hobby Lobby store in Orem, Utah, is seen here.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to finally issue its ruling this week in the highly anticipated case of the craft companies vs. Obamacare.
Technically, it's Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a showdown over the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate. The core legal question is whether a private company can have religious rights.
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But to the general public, this is seen as a showdown between employers - the evangelical Green family behind Hobby Lobby and the Mennonite Hahn family that owns the Conestoga cabinet company - and the employees' personal reproductive choices under their insurance.
While conservatives have cast the battle as one for religious freedom, the general public may see it as a showdown over personal health choices.
Public opinion polls zeroed in on the ABC words: abortion and birth control: Must employers offer insurance coverage for contraceptive services they consider to be abortifacient (blocking a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb) if they have sincere religious objection to abortion?
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