In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that closely held corporations, in this case Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, are excluded from Obamacare’s mandate that employers must provide birth control for their employees.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion which found that the government may not force “closely held” corporations, meaning small, perhaps family held corporations which are not “public” in nature, to pay for contraception for their female employees if doing such violates the company owners’ religious beliefs. Such companies are now free to “opt out” of the Affordable Care Act.
The Supreme Court has never before recognized the religious rights of a for-profit company. The Obama administration says insurance coverage for birth control is an important part of women’s health and reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies, as well as abortion