U.S. Supreme Court seems divided over birth control rule

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 25, 2014 12:36 PM

(Washington) -- The nation's highest court seems divided over whether employers' religious beliefs can free them from a part of the Affordable Care Act requiring they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge. 

The case argued involves family-owned companies, including one from Lancaster County, that provide health insurance to their employees.

Conestoga Wood Specialties, of East Earl Township, is owned by the Hahns, a family of Mennonite Christians, and employs 950 people in making wood cabinets. 

The company and Hobby Lobby object to covering certain methods of birth control they say can work after conception, in violation of their religious beliefs. 

The Obama administration and its supporters say a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the businesses also could undermine laws governing immunizations, Social Security taxes and minimum wages.

The justices have never before held that profit-making businesses have religious rights.    

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  • Larry img 2014-03-25 13:43

    This is a frivolous lawsuite.

    Conestoga wood has the choice to not offer health care coverage to its employees if it does not agree with women's health care coverage. they may instead pay the reasonable fee.

    Conestoga Wood is not a person that prays or is part of a religious organization. It is a corporation. If a corporation, owners or shareholders are allowed to dictate religion to its employees, the employees freedom of religion would be impinged upon, or their would be discrimination in hiring that would not be based on ability. Corporation are suppose to be separate entities from the shareholders based on rights and obligations.

    Being that the corporation, a non entity from the owners and shareholders, is providing for ones sustenance, do the owners have the right to tell employees how to spend and manage their money, or what religion they practice?

    If so, then the owners are then also obligated to any debts of the corporation.

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