5-4 Ruling: Some Corporations Can Object on Religious Grounds To Obamacare’s Requirement for Contraception Coverage

5-4 Ruling: Some Corporations Can Object on Religious Grounds To Obamacare’s  Requirement for Contraception Coverage

Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that religious business owners can opt out of the portion of ACA that mandates businesses provide contraceptives for female employees. This landmark case, according to a recent AP article, “is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies’ health insurance plans.”

While limited to businesses owned by few members, this groundbreaking ruling could open doors for those religion-affiliated institutions that are awaiting hearings on similar merits. In the eyes of many, this ruling is among the first of many steps needed to defang the administration as it seeks to extend excessive influence into areas that have always been controlled by the private sector.

It will be interesting to see how far the Supreme Court continues to go in drawing the line between government intervention on the one hand and the ability of institutions, particularly religious-based, to assert constitutional protection on the other

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