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Debate rages over Hobby Lobby contraception case

By Nick Bullock
Published: April 3, 2014
Hobby Lobby
A divided U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments March 25 in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, the case in which the owners of Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store that sells general hobby supplies, have challenged a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires insurance policies to cover birth control.

David Green and his family, Hobby Lobby’s owners, have specifically argued that a mandate to include emergency contraceptives and intrauterine devices in the company’s health insurance plans violates the company’s religious freedom. “It goes against the biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one,” Green wrote in a 2012 article for USA Today.

A ruling is expected from the Supreme Court by early July.

An April 1 report by the news organization Mother Jones found that Hobby Lobby’s employee retirement plan has invested millions of dollars in drug manufacturers that produce the types of contraception Hobby Lobby has opposed.

People across the country have spoken out for and against Hobby Lobby’s stance both in demonstrations and on social media.

The Supreme Court case has drawn attention from experts who have said the ruling carries implications ranging from whether a for-profit corporation can have religious freedoms to whether a favorable ruling for Hobby Lobby will grant companies the power to opt out of laws they find immoral.