Hobby Lobby wins contraceptive mandate case

Supreme Court | The 5-4 ruling exempts religious employers from Obamacare’s requirement to provide abortifacient drugs
by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/30/14, 10:20 am

Hobby Lobby and other companies whose owners object to contraceptives that could cause abortions do not have to comply with the government’s mandate to provide them for their employees, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the 5-4 decision, from which the court’s four liberal justices dissented.

Although a victory for religious liberty, the ruling is relatively narrow. It only applies to corporations that are under the control of a few people, where the companies are essentially synonymous with their owners. It also only applies to the contraceptive mandate, not health insurance requirements generally.

Stay tuned for more details on the ruling.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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