Tomorrow the Supreme Court will hear two cases challenging
President Obama's health care reform law..
Two business owners say it goes against their religious
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with a closer
look at the arguments...
The Affordable Care Act requires businesses of a certain
size to provide insurance benefits for birth control
and other preventative care measures without a co-pay.
However, two different companies have filed lawsuits
against that portion of the law....
saying they only want to provide certain birth control
options based on their christian values...
According to the Hobby Lobby Website...
Customers and employees are committed to:
Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company
in a manner consistent with biblical principles.
Principles the Christian-based craft store says the
Affordable Care Act goes against.
Under current law, health plans must offer a range
of services, including all forms of birth control.
However, CEO David Green says it goes against the
family's christian values.
Religious beliefs prohibit them from providing health
coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices that
end human life after conception
CHARLES -- If you would take religion out of it and
look at it purely from science, science will tell
you that at the moment of conception is a distinct
being, everything that it's going to be is there at
the moment of conception so it has to be human life"
Therefore, the family-owned business is opposed to
providing birth control methods.
such as plan b.
that work after an egg has already been fertilized...
plan b works by basically preventing the fertilization
of an egg from occuring,
it can also prevent the implantation
of a fertilized egg into the uterus.
But the company is willing to cover other methods
such as oral contraceptions.
GRETCHEN -normal birth control just prevents ovulation
from occuring all together.
so no egg is released from the ovaries, and if no
egg is availble for the sperm to meet, no fertilization
However, the Obama administration argues that the
birth control mandate is important...
because it allows women to choose a method of contraception
based on what's best for them, rather than on money.
The Supreme Court will hear both arguments Tuesday.
In La Crosse, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
If the Supreme Court rules
in favor of the Obama administration,
Companies that refuse to give employees comprehensive
health care coverage could face fines of up to 100-dollars
every day, for each employee.
A ruling is expected by late June.