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Supreme Court to consider birth control mandate

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 01:02

Nov. 27 - President Obama's healthcare law heads back to the Supreme Court. Justices to take up issue on contraception mandate. Linda So reports.

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The fight over President Obama's embattled healthcare law isn't over. The Supreme Court will now hear arguments concerning the law's birth control mandate, which requires businesses to cover contraception for employees. Dozens of companies, including Christian owned Hobby Lobby, are suing the government saying the mandate violates their religious beliefs. Denver-based Hercules Industries, a heating and air conditioning maker, is also joining the fight. SOUNDBITE: HERCULES INDUSTRIES PRESIDENT ANDY NEWLAND, SAYING: "This case isn't about saying that people shouldn't have access to those things. This case is saying that we just don't want to pay for them." While the healthcare law exempts churches from the birth control mandate, the Obama administration argues that shouldn't be the case for profit making businesses. SOUNDBITE: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, SAYING: "It's troubling to think that someone could pick and choose not based on science, not based on healthcare, not based on anything else, but pick and choose which services to provide to employees. That would be a troubling picture." The Supreme Court will likely take up arguments in March.

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Supreme Court to consider birth control mandate

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 01:02