High court poised to decide birth-control dispute

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 30, 2014 5:40 AM

(Washington) -- The nation's highest court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

The U.S. Supreme Court meets for a final time today to release its two remaining decisions before the justices take off for the summer. 

One case involves birth control coverage under President Obama's health law.

Employers must cover contraception for women at no extra charge among a range of preventive benefits in employee health plans. 

Dozens of companies, including arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby and  Conestoga Wood Specialties in Lancaster County, claim religious objections to covering some or all contraceptives.

The East Earl Township-based company is owned by the Hahns, a family of Mennonite Christians, and employs more than 1,000 people in making wood cabinets.

The other case before the court deals with fees paid to labor unions representing government employees by workers who object to being affiliated with a union.

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