Transcript for Supreme Court Battle Over Contraception
And now, to a battle at the supreme court that reaches right into American life. About religion and fairness. Here's the question before the nine justices. If a woman relies on insurance to buy contraception, should her employer get to decide which contraception she loses? A group called hobby lobby says, yes, because of the religion views of their owners. ABC's Mara schiavocampo takes under the circumstances insius inside the debate tonight. Reporter: In spring snowfall outside the court today, passions ran high. At the center of the case, a crafts chain named hobby lobby, with 600 stores and 16,000 full-time employees. It's owned by the green family, devout southern baptists who close on Sundays, and now say obamacare violates their religious rights. While hobby lobby is willing to cover 16 types of contraception, there are 4 they refuse to cover. Things like iuds and emergency contraception, they consider to be a form of abortion. The green family wants to choose which to cover based on their beliefs and not face millions of dollars in fines. We believe that Americans don't lose their religious freedoms when they open a family business. Reporter: On the other side, the administration says companies and bosses shouldn't be the ones making decisions about contraception. And denying coverage places a burden on female workers that can add up to hundreds of dollars of out-of-pocket costs. Today, the justices appeared divided. Justice Kagan asking, if hobby lobby were to prevail in this case, what's to stop another company from saying, quote, I have a religious objection to minimum wage laws? And another, family leave. And another, child labor laws? But justice Kennedy focused on employers' rights. If a business can be forced to pay for all types of contraception, they can be, quote, forced in principle to pay for abortions. The decision on this bitterly divisive issue will come some time before July. Mara schiavocampo, ABC news,
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