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High court seems divided over birth control rule

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 25, 2014 at 11:07 a.m.

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Demonstrators participate in a rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, as the court heard oral arguments in the challenges of President Barack Obama's health care law requirement that businesses provide their female employees with health insurance that includes access to contraceptives. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems divided over whether employers’ religious beliefs can free them from a part of the new health care law that requires that they provide coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.

The case argued Tuesday involves family-owned companies that provide health insurance to their employees, but object to covering certain methods of birth control that 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.

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Dontcallmenames says... March 25, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.

Justice Roberts will find some "loop hole" in the Constitution where our Founding Fathers intended for promiscuous intercourse to be treated as holy.

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Pobucker says... March 25, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

If the United States government can force the people running a corporation to use corporate resources to provide free abortion-pills to employees (especially when contraceptives are cheap and widely available on the open market), it is difficult to imagine the meaningful limits on government power in the marketplace.

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Pobucker says... March 25, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.

In the Hobby Lobby case, religious freedom – our first and oldest liberty – is being “balanced” against a “right” created, historically speaking, mere moments ago, a “right” to free contraceptives. Can people not go to the drug store and purchase those drugs or products themselves?

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FreeSpiritMan says... March 25, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.

You people don't see the big picture here as usual. I own a company with say 1000 employees, I attend Kenneth Copeland's church in Texas, he says not to give children vaccinations that GOD will take care of them, I believe this as well and therefore do not want my company insurance to pay for any type of vaccinations period, for children or adults. Now, there is a company in Florida called Digital Lightwave run by a guy by the name of Bryan Zwan who adheres to the teaching of the Church of Scientology which the Church of Scientology’s website says that “the effects of medical and psychiatric drugs, whether painkillers, tranquilizers or 'antidepressants,' are as disastrous” as illicit drugs. Now what if Bryan Zwan based on his religious principals does not want his healthcare to pay for these drugs for his employees. Now, let’s move on a little further to the Christian Science beliefs. Apart from the gruesome and heartbreaking accounts of the deaths of Christian Science children from treatable diseases, perhaps the most alarming revelation in “God’s Perfect Child” is that many elected officials support both the right to withhold medical treatment from children for religious reasons and Medicare reimbursements for the services of Christian Science nurses — nurses whose training is entirely religious, not medical. Now, I own a chain of stores nationwide and by my religious principals will be able to decide what services, treatments and medication I will let my company healthcare cover.
Is this really what we want to have if Hobby Lobby wins?

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Pobucker says... March 25, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

yes

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Pobucker says... March 25, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

Tell me why there is a "right" to "free" contraceptives, again. I'm just having a real hard time understanding where this "right" came from. I'm smelling it and I can tell you where it smells like it came from.

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Pobucker says... March 25, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.

Smells like it came from "I'll give you some stuff and make other people pay for it if you vote for me".

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djigoo says... March 25, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.

99% of what Hobby Lobby sells is made in China. If they were really serious about their opposition to contraception and abortion, they wouldn't be subsidizing China's government with their dollars.

Then again, hypocrisy isn't exactly an alien concept in Fundamentalism.

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Pobucker says... March 25, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

Whatever happened to that sleazy little proglib coed that had the temerity to claim she deserved to have birth control paid for by others? heh - I doubt she'll actually be needing any birth control for a while - lol, she might as well come out of the closet - ain't no guys gonna be wantin' any of THAT!!!

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djigoo says... March 25, 2014 at 4:43 p.m.

Sandra Fluke.

And the dump she took this morning has more class and character than you just demonstrated, Po.

You disappoint more with each post. Misogyny is never attractive.

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