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  • Religion news: Religious rights vs. 'Obamacare'

  • Religious rights went to court on March 25 when the Supreme Court heard arguments over “Obamacare’s” mandate that companies pay for birth control methods that include several controversial birth control methods.
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  • Religious rights went to court on March 25 when the Supreme Court heard arguments over “Obamacare’s” mandate that companies pay for birth control methods that include several controversial birth control methods.
    “There’s a lot of stake here. This is the heart of the culture war,” Yeshiva University law professor Marci A. Hamilton told The Hill, a political website.
    Two companies combined to bring the case before the court. Both Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods Specialties Corp. are privately owned by families whose faith forbids abortions. They challenge the government’s right to violate their beliefs.
    Under Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, employers must provide health insurance that covers 20 birth control methods including Plan B, also known as the morning after pill, which prevents a fertilized egg from becoming implanted in the uterus. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods believe that equals abortion.
    Sarah Torre, a policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation said the argument is the heart of the Obama administration’s war on the Constitution.
    “The Obama administration has made one thing very clear: that your faith is a private affair. You can follow your beliefs, exercise your faith in your home your house of worship, but step outside those four walls to build a business, to run a charity, and your religious freedom ends,” she said in a video posted by Heritage’s news team.
     
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