Many across the country have been watching the Supreme Court as the big Hobby Lobby decision drew near. A recent birth control ban poll via Reuters released on Sunday indicates that a majority of people in the U.S. oppose the very thing Hobby Lobby is trying to do. Just what will the justices decide on this one? The decision came out Monday morning, and the Associated Press broke the news on the decision via Twitter.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued their ruling on the issue on Monday. They sided with Hobby Lobby and said that employers with religious objections can indeed refuse to cover birth control despite the Affordable Care Act mandates. This is a decision that will likely have serious implications in a multitude of ways, and it would seem that the opinion of the general public differs from that of the court.
The birth control ban poll asked people if employers should be able to limit what types of contraceptives are covered by a company’s health plan due to the religious beliefs of those behind the company. The poll results showed that 53 percent disagreed that employers should be able to do this. Of the responders 35 percent agreed employers should be able to do this while 12 percent indicated they did not know.
The case comes from two family-owned companies, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. They challenged the Affordable Care Act stipulation that health plans cover birth control. The companies assert that the 1993 religious-freedom law allows them an out on this front. Churches and religious entities are exempt from the ACA requirement, and these two companies feel they should be exempt as well.
Some believe that this decision could lead to additional lawsuits from other corporations challenging federal requirements regarding things like Social Security, vaccinations or minimum wage. Many watching the case say there is a lot riding on this decision, and the birth control ban poll clearly wasn’t a sign of how the Supreme Court would rule. As the news of the decision broke Monday morning, many braced themselves for what more may lie ahead in its wake.