Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Contraception Mandate


Faith groups are on opposite sides as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments surrounding the so-called contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear two cases about whether for-profit businesses, with owners who have religious objections to some contraceptives, should have to pay for them in their employees’ insurance plans. One of those companies is the craft store chain Hobby Lobby, which is owned by an evangelical family. This week the U.S. Catholic bishops and Southern Baptists were among religious groups filing briefs in support of the businesses, while other faith groups argued that for-profit companies cannot impose their religious beliefs on their employees.