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Hobby Lobby case wasn't just about 4 contraceptives

by Chris Casteel Published: July 1, 2014

Much of the coverage about Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act detailed the retailer’s specific objections to four birth control methods.

David Green, the co-founder of Hobby Lobby, and his family considered four of the mandated methods _ including IUDs and the so-called “morning after pill” _ to be the equivalent of abortion since they could prevent a fertilized egg from implanting.

However, the legal principles of the challenge went beyond specific types of contraceptives to the question of whether a 1993 law prevented the federal government from imposing a substantial burden on the religious freedom of for-profit companies.

On Monday, the court ruled that the contraceptive mandate was such a burden.

And on Tuesday, the high court court reinforced its Hobby Lobby decision by disposing of several cases that were pending while Hobby Lobby was under review.

Among those was another case out of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals _ the appeals court that first decided in Hobby Lobby’s favor. The case was brought by a family-owned business in Colorado called Hercules Industries that objected to all forms of contraception.

It won at the district level and at the 10th Circuit court. And on Monday, it effectively won at the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, justices rejected the Obama administration’s request to review the Hercules case from the 10th Circuit, officially ending that case in the company’s favor.

 

 

 

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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