The long-anticipated Supreme Court decisions for Sabelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Burwell has ruled in favor of the Christian business owners. According to the ruling, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialities will not be required to provide employees with abortion-inducing drugs.
The court voted 5-4 in favor of the Christian businesses.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote, "The Supreme Court hold government can't require closely held coporations with religious owners to provide contraception coverage. HHS's contraception mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion."
The ruling only applies to Christian businesses that have appealed the birth control mandate to the Supreme Court. Other organizations remain waiting for a decision regarding a birth control mandate exception, including the non-profit groups Priests for Life and Little Sisters reports Life News.
Christian News Network calls these decisions "two of the most important rulings that will affect Christian business owners and their business for many years to come."
Publication date: June 30, 2014