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SCOTUS Decision on Hobby Lobby Case Expected by June


Wednesday, March 26, 2014   

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The arguments are over, and now the waiting begins as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs a challenge to the contraceptive mandate in the new federal health-care law.

Attorneys for two for-profit companies argued before the justices on Tuesday that requiring their insurance to cover birth control for employees goes against their religious beliefs. But Steven Emmert, chief operating officer at Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, said 99 percent of women use contraception during their lives and it is integral to their health care.

"That's what is so frightening, I think, and why a recent poll showed that 70 percent of all women oppose what these two businesses are trying to do," Emmert said, "because they recognize that, for them, contraception is part of their regular medical care."

Emmert said it's important to note that many doctors and medical groups have spoken out against this possible limiting of health-care options for women, and that such a decision could have even greater implications for all Americans.

"Because then, we're talking about your employer limiting your ability to get vaccines, or a blood transfusion or any other type of health care that you feel you need," he said. "They could deny it, based on whatever they claim to be their religious belief."

The companies challenging the requirement are Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. A decision from the Supreme Court is expected in June.

Information about the case is online at Poll results are at

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