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Supreme Court Takes on Corporate Religious Rights With Contraception Cases

[O]ver 70 lawsuits challeng[e] the contraception benefit in the Affordable Care…[T]he…[Supreme] Court…[will grant] review in two for-profit challenges to the birth control benefit, the Hobby Lobby case and the Conestoga Wood Specialties case…[that] challenges the requirement that certain employers provide health insurance plans that cover contraception at no additional cost, but with federal courts coming to opposite conclusions…There are a range of ways the Court could rule…corporations are not “people” and cannot assert religious exercise claims…[or]…the idea that not only do corporations have political speech rights under the First Amendment, they also have religious exercise rights as well…“If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the corporations, the ruling will open the door to businesses denying coverage, based on their owners’ personal beliefs, for a whole host of other medical procedures to which their employees are entitled…like vaccines, surgeries, blood transfusions, or mental health care.” [said the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America]