Today in a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that for-profit employers can opt out of the Affordable Care Act mandated contraception coverage for employees based on religious beliefs.
Hobby Lobby, owned by an Evangelical Christian family, said that based on their Christian beliefs, which directly condemn the use of contraceptives, they should not be forced to defy their own beliefs which are protected undeniably under the religious clauses of the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The defendant, Burwell cited that the institution cannot hold it's own political beliefs, it cannot opt out of the mandate because not all of their employees necessarily agree with their beliefs. Hobby Lobby has more than 15,000 full-time employees in more than 600 stores in more than 40 states around America.
The Supreme Court Justices ruled that since Hobby Lobby is a privately held corporation, it can opt out however any publicly held for-profit companies cannot opt out. The implications that this ruling will have on the Pro Life movement are unclear just yet, but it definitely is a win in the sense that it is cutting deep into the government's tolerance of contraceptives and other means of stopping the process of fetal development and eventual birth. However it is clear that Pro-Choice people are furious over this ruling and they know that slowly but surely we are becoming a pro-life state once again.