EUGENE, Ore. — The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments that challenge President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The issue: Can for-profit corporations refuse certain contraceptive services because of religious beliefs?
It all stems from two cases involving Hobby Lobby craft stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties. The owners of both companies want to deny their employees the right to receive insurance coverage of certain contraceptives because it’s against their religious beliefs.
But groups like Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon say health care decisions belong to a woman, not her boss. Tuesday morning, the majority of the Eugene staff rallied outside the Supreme Court as justices heard oral arguments.
In a statement, Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon said, “These cases could create a slippery slope and let bosses deny a whole host of other medical procedures based on their own personal beliefs – such as vaccines, surgeries and blood transfusions.”
Meanwhile, many pastors and religious groups are taking a stand for religious freedom on Twitter using #PrayForHobbyLobby.
The Supreme Court’s decision is expected in June.