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Justice won't block Obamacare's required emergency contraception coverage
December 27th, 2012
07:52 AM ET

Justice won't block Obamacare's required emergency contraception coverage

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday turned down a request that she block part of Obamacare that would require companies' health plans to provide for coverage of certain contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill.
Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Mardel, Inc. and five family members involved in ownership and control of the corporations had protested the requirement, which is to kick in January 1.

They said they would be required "to provide insurance coverage for certain drugs and devices that the applicants believe can cause abortions," which would be against their religious beliefs, Sotomayor wrote in her opinion.

The applicants said they would face irreparable harm if forced to choose between paying fines and complying with the requirement.

But Sotomayor, who handles emergency appeals from the 10th Circuit, said the applicants failed to meet "the demanding standard for the extraordinary relief," and that they could continue to pursue their challenge in lower courts and return to the higher court, if necessary, following a final judgment.

Hobby Lobby is a chain of arts and crafts stores with more than 13,000 employees; Mardel is a chain of Christian-themed bookstores with 372 full-time employees. Both are based in Oklahoma City. Neither company responded to e-mails.

- CNN Belief Blog

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  5. SoldierOfConscience

    More heavy handed government policies not allowing us to follow our religion

    February 12, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
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      Dover Trial Transcripts............................................. FACTS.

      Below are the complete transcripts from the Dover Trial. Thanks to our friends at the National Center for Science Education for helping us fill in the missing transcripts.

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      They lost in 2005............still trying !

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    • Science

      Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!..........

      Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too !

      Where do morals come from?

      By Kelly Murray, CNN

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/12/where-do-morals-come-from/#comments

      Gravity is not up for debate ! ............E = mc2..........(U–Pb).................two math formulas..........that do not lie or sin !!!..........

      BY the way ...................Splat goes a fairy in the sky !...............bye bye tinker bell !

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      Apr. 8, 2013 — At some point, scientists may be able to bring back extinct animals, and perhaps early humans, raising questions of ethics and environmental disruption.

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      Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young

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  8. Uss Columbia

    I hope Hobby Lobby wins, then one of their employess sues them for pushing their religous views onto that employee. I don't understand this! You don't want abortions, but you don't wnat contraceptives. More contraceptives lead to LESS abortions. Are you people just THAT stupid you can't grasp this concept? Even your man god Jesus is face-palming himself over your stone-cold ignorance. It really does just baffle me!

    January 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  9. Michael

    So taking this "religious liberty" argument to a not-unreasonable extent.... What happens when a company owned by Jehovah's Witnesses wants to exclude coverage for any surgery that involves blood transfusions? Suddenly religious liberty becomes enforcing your beliefs on your employees. News flash... its enforcing your beliefs on your employees in either case.

    January 9, 2013 at 3:54 am |
  10. Marie Lins

    What a sad day for AMERICA...The government making it IMPOSSIBLE for any private business with religious convictions to stay in business. If the government doesn't relent on their controlling fines...I hope HOBBY LOBBY does the right thing and shuts down. Jobs lost. But that's what you get when your up against a GODLESS government. So sad. Our freedoms are vanishing before our eyes...Hope everyone likes WALMART only...and to be controlled by your government! Genocide is not to far down the pike. The government was supposed to be set up FOR THE PEOPLE....

    Why doesn't OBAMA and congress live like the rest of us? Wages, ObamaCara, and if he puts a weapons ban, than Obama's family needs to protect himself with a knife or whatever they allow us to use! BLIND...We are becoming so blind...Money is GOD right????

    January 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
    • Pete

      "I hope HOBBY LOBBY does the right thing and shuts down. Jobs lost."

      So xtian of you. Of course in your selfish rant you totally disregard all the families that this would impact. I am sure if you read your bible you would know that would not be very xtian of HL to do. Keep showing the world why your religion is a disgrace.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • Marie Lins

      Pete- That's the difference between us....I see aborted babies as just as important as lost jobs.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Marie Lins

      And further Pete-If the gov't really cared about people it wouldn't inflict those dastardly fines on private business owners because they refuse to participate in anything to do with abortion! You seem to care so bad about the people but what about our government BULLYING Hobby Lobby with those INSANE FINES??? SICK. Is abortion such an important way of life for us Americans that taxpayers with different beliefs should support it?

      January 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • Pete

      Keep showing why people like you are a disgrace to this country.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Marie Lins

      You said, "The government making it IMPOSSIBLE for any private business with religious convictions to stay in business."
      Not at all. If they wish to run a business, all they need to do is comply with applicable law. If they wish to run a church, different rules apply.

      You said, "If the government doesn't relent on their controlling fines...I hope HOBBY LOBBY does the right thing and shuts down."
      If there is a market for their goods, some other business will take their place.

      You said, "But that's what you get when your up against a GODLESS government."
      Your imaginary friend has no business in my government.

      You said, "Our freedoms are vanishing before our eyes."
      Your freedom to free exercise of religion doesn't extend to telling other how to believe or worship.

      You said, "Genocide is not to far down the pike."
      I doubt it, although a cleansing of religious dimwits might actually be beneficial.

      You said, "The government was supposed to be set up FOR THE PEOPLE."
      And they are standing up for every employee. Nobody requires them to use contraception. If they feel it is against their delusion, they are free not to use it.

      You said, "Wages, ObamaCara, and if he puts a weapons ban, than Obama's family needs to protect himself with a knife or whatever they allow us to use! BLIND...We are becoming so blind...Money is GOD right????"
      Holy fucking shit! You are completely delusional, aren't you?

      January 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Marie Lins

      Pete- I have opinions but you have attacked me personally "selfish" and a "disgrace". I disagree with our governments BULLYING and forced agendas. So we can be pro-life but we can't be pro-life and own a business apparently.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Pete

      "BULLYING Hobby Lobby with those INSANE FINES??? "

      The high court in our country ruled obama care is legal. It's the law now, HL has to follow the laws of this country. The fines are part of that. So let's use your dumb logic and say your god is BULLYING you with the insane hell for eternity crap!

      January 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
    • Pete

      "So we can be pro-life but we can't be pro-life and own a business apparently."

      Wow really are you serious? LMAO! You can be pro-life all you want but you don't have the right to push that belief on your employees.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  11. Reality

    More from Guttmacher:

    "• Fifty-four percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. Among those women, 76% of pill users and 49% of condom users report having used their method inconsistently, while 13% of pill users and 14% of condom users report correct use.["

    And yet some want Hobby Lobby et al to support the stupidity of these women and men who cannot follow simple directions!!!

    December 29, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Wolfe Bossinger

      Guttmacher, your statistics mean nothing more than that you made them up, that you can't cite sources, as usual with tea bagger religious zealots. But, you could be right about one thing: your simpleton parents couldn't follow directions!

      December 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Over half the US population apparently also can't follow the simple "Don't eat more calories than you burn" rule, raising the cost of their health care significantly. Should they all be kicked off the health plan?

      To be sure we're on the same page, the costly part is paying for pregnancies and the care of these unwanted babies...not emergency contraception or abortions.

      December 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And? So what? Would you prefer that these people be forced to continue pregnancies they didn't plan and don't want because they screwed up on BC? Why? To what end? You DO realize, don't you, that if the resulting pregnancies continue, the pregnant employees will need to have their health insurance cover the costs of pre-natal care, child-birth, and parental leave, right?

      Or did you choose to ignore those issues?

      December 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Aside: I knew Reality was an idiot. I didn't realize until now how completely, incredibly stupid he was.

      December 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • Reality

      One more time:

      The reality of se-x, abortion, contraception and STD/HIV control: – from an agnostic guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

      Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

      The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

      : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill (8.7% actual failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% actual failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

      Added information before making your next move:

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      Consumer Reports, January, 2012

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

      Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

      The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":
      – (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
      – (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)
      Followed by:
      One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
      Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
      The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
      Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
      IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
      Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

      Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

      December 30, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Reality

      Once again some incentives to live a healthy life style and also ways to pay for universal health care.

      1. An added two dollar health insurance tax (or higher) on a pack of cigarettes. Ditto taxes on alcoholic beverages, the higher the alcohol content, the higher the tax. Ditto for any product shown to be unhealthy (e.g. guns, high caloric/fatty foods??)

      2. Physicals akin to those required for life insurance- the overly obese will pay signficantly more Medicare and universal health insurance (unless the obesity is caused by a medical condition).

      3. No universal health care coverage for drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or using cell phones while driving.

      4. No universal health coverage for drug addicts or for those having self-inflicted STDs.

      5. No universal health coverage for abortions unless the life of the mother is at significant risk and judged to be so by at least two doctors.

      6. No universal health coverage for euthanasia.

      7. No foreign aid given to countries who abort females simply because they are female.

      December 30, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Reality

      "Facts on Contraceptive Use

      http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html
      January 2008 and June 2010

      "WHO NEEDS CONTRACEPTIVES?

      • 62 million U.S. women (and men?) are in their childbearing years (15–44).[1]

      • 43 million women (and men) of reproductive age, or 7 in 10, are se-xually active and do not want to become pregnant, but could become pregnant if they or their partners fail to use a con-traceptive method.[2]

      • The typical U.S. woman (man?) wants only 2 children. To achieve this goal, she (he?) must use cont-raceptives for roughly 3 decades.[3]

      WHO USES CON-TRACEPTIVES?

      • Virtually all women (98%) aged 15–44 who have ever had int-ercourse have used at least one con-traceptive method.[2](and men?)

      • Overall, 62% of the 62 million women aged 15–44 are currently using one.[2] (and men)

      • 31% of the 62 million women (and men?) do not need a method because they are infertile; are pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant; have never had inte-rcourse; or are not se-xually active.[2]

      • Thus, only 7% of women aged 15–44 are at risk of unwanted pregnancy but are not using con-traceptives.[2] (and men?)

      • Among the 42 million fertile, s-exually active women who do not want to become pregnant, 89% are practicing con-traception.[2] (and men?)

      WHICH METHODS DO WOMEN (men?) USE?

      • 64% of reproductive-age women who practice con-traception use reversible methods, such as oral con-traceptives or condoms. The remaining women rely on female or male sterilization.[2]

      FIRST-YEAR CON-TRACEPTIVE FAILURE RATES – Guttmacher Inst-itute

      Percentage of women experiencing an unintended pregnancy (a few examples)
      Some examples
      Method……………..Typical

      Pill (combined)……… 8.7
      Tubal sterilization ……0.7
      Male condom ……….17.4
      Vasectomy…………… 0.2
      Implant…………………1.0
      IUD (Copper-T)……….1.0
      (Masturbation mono or dual)………. 0

      Periodic abstinence.. 25.3 (RCC approved)
      Calendar 9.0 (RCC approved)
      Ovulation Method 3.0 (RCC approved)
      Sympto-thermal 2.0 (RCC approved)
      Post-ovulation 1.0 (RCC approved)

      No method 85.0" (RCC approved and important to women and men wanting to get pregnant)

      (Abstinence) 0 (RCC approved)

      More facts about contraceptives from

      guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html

      "CON-TRACEPTIVE METHOD CHOICE

      Cont-raceptive method use among U.S. women who practice con-traception, 2002

      Method No. of users (in 000s) % of users
      Pill………….. 11,661……………. 30.6
      Male condom 6,841……………… 18.0 "

      i.e.
      The pill fails to protect women 8.7% during the first year of use (from the same reference previously shown).

      i.e. 0.087 (failure rate)
      x 62 million (# child bearing women)
      x 0.62 ( % of these women using contraception )
      x 0.306 ( % of these using the pill) =

      1,020,000 unplanned pregnancies
      during the first year of pill use.

      For male condoms (failure rate of 17.4 and 18% use level)

      1,200,000 unplanned pregnancies during the first year of male condom use.

      The Gut-tmacher Inst-itute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate
      (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

      o Conclusion: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

      December 30, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • UncleBenny

      "Reality: Once again some incentives to live a healthy life style and also ways to pay for universal health care.
      1. An added two dollar health insurance tax (or higher) on a pack of cigarettes etc
      2. Physicals akin to those required for life insurance etc.
      3. No universal health care coverage for drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or using cell phones while driving.
      4. No universal health coverage for drug addicts or for those having self-inflicted STDs.
      5. No universal health coverage for abortions unless the life of the mother is at significant risk and judged to be so by at least two doctors.
      6. No universal health coverage for euthanasia.
      7. No foreign aid given to countries who abort females simply because they are female."

      I'm with you on 1, 2, 3, & 7. Not so much on the others. To #3 about drivers, I would add "those injured or killed while not wearing seat belts" and in all cases also allow life insurance companies to charge at least a 50% deductible.

      December 30, 2012 at 9:20 am |
    • Wrathbrow

      "4. No universal health coverage for drug addicts or for those having self-inflicted STDs."

      More children born to drug addicts. Not a good idea.

      January 7, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Ann

      Reality, would you please explain to me what a "self-inflicted STD" is? Because, you know, you can't catch one by master baiting.

      January 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
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