Supreme Court hearings on Hobby Lobby contraceptive policy

Written by CNN Staff Wednesday is a big day in the world of religious rights and religion. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on whether family-owned companies can invoke a…

Supreme Court hearings on Hobby Lobby contraceptive policy

Written by CNN Staff

Wednesday is a big day in the world of religious rights and religion.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on whether family-owned companies can invoke a 2012 amendment to the US Constitution to avoid paying for health insurance that covers contraceptives.

By the same vote on Monday, the court affirmed last year that First Amendment rights protect students’ free speech rights at their public schools.

In the family-owned for-profit drug-store chain Hobby Lobby , the court is considering whether it is permissible for companies to invoke the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which states that it is a violation of federal law to impose burdens on a person’s religious exercise.

If the justices uphold the ruling from last year, the decision in the case of Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius will likely have repercussions for other businesses operating in the same manner.

Attorneys for Hobby Lobby say their clients sincerely oppose all forms of abortion — including contraception — and shouldn’t be forced to pay for them.

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