The company told the justices it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that can prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said, making it complicit in a form of abortion.
A month later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, in Philadelphia, ruled against Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., which is owned by a Mennonite family that had similar objections to the law. The 3rd Circuit concluded that "for-profit, secular corporations cannot engage in religious exercise."
The cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, No. 13-354, and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, No. 13-356.
- New York Times