If you depend on your job’s health insurance to obtain birth control, you may have to add a new item to your budget. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the “Hobby Lobby” case on Tuesday, and the line of questioning suggested that they will rule against the birth control mandate.
For those who are unaware, the Christian CEOs of the craft shop Hobby Lobby and Constega Woodis are challenging the Affordable Care Act birth control mandate on the grounds that it goes against their religious beliefs. So basically, Woodis is arguing to personify and thereby extend religious beliefs to corporations.
Almost assuredly, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts will vote for the motion to relieve the corporations of the birth control mandate whilst Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader-Ginsburg will vote with the government. The typical swing vote is Justice Anthony Kennedy who, based on his line of questioning today, appeared to be leaning conservatively in this case.
“Under your view, a profit corporation … could be forced in principle to pay for abortions,” Justice Anthony Kennedy, the traditional swing vote, told U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who was defending the law.