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Supreme Court to Hear Contraception Cases


The United States Supreme Court announced Tuesday it will hear arguments to decide if the government can force larger businesses to provide contraceptives to employees as part of new requirements in healthcare insurance.

The issue caught fire when radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh commented on Susan Flukes testimony before congress.  The Georgetown student told lawmakers she knew of women who would have to go without birth control because they wouldnt be able to afford it outside of a health insurance plan. When Limbaugh suggested Fluke was asking to be paid to have sex, it made headlines.  But the legal decision on this case will actually come from the isles of Hobby Lobby.  Owners of the popular craft and home dcor company say paying for employees contraception violates their religious beliefs and they sued the government in a fight thats now going to the Supreme Court.


Jill June, the head of Planned Parenthood in Iowa says its an alarming development because no one can predict what the court might do.  To think now that it's possible that your for-profit boss could actually impose his private religious views on your healthcare .. I think women are going to be very upset about this. "


Hobby Lobby declined our request to interview a manager at the Coralville store, but the company did respond to us with a statement from its headquarters in Oklahoma from CEO David Green.   My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case.  This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only: the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution. Business owners should not have to choose between violating their faith and violating the law.


But One Iowa, the coalition for gay and lesbian rights says the Supreme Court decision is about much more than birth control. Director Donna Red Wing says if Hobby Lobby wins it opens the door to other issues companies may have with their employees.  " Coming from an LGBT  group  I would not want a corporation to be able to fire someone or in any way discriminate  against them simply because they're gay and work for that organization. "


The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments in the case in March and issue a ruling in June.

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