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SCOTUS: Hobby Lobby contraception verdict expected Monday

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By Dana Griffin

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WASHINGTON D.C. - Monday, the Supreme Court will decide whether Hobby Lobby and similar stores can deny women coverage of some contraceptives. These companies argue, the Affordable Care Act violates religious freedom.

Barbara Green, Hobby Lobby owner said back in March, "We want to continue to live out our faith and the way we do business."

Hobby Lobby has more than 15,000 full time employees at more than 500 stores, including one in Seekonk and another in Warwick.

The company does provide insurance coverage for many types of contraception but its owners object to covering morning after pills and devices that work after conception. They claim that amounts to supporting abortion.

"The choice that the government has forced on us is unfair and not in keeping with the history of our great nation, founded on religious freedom," said Green.

Supporters of the health care law's contraception provisions say a ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby could be a slippery slope.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood said, "Millions of women – right to preventive care – trumped by a handful of CEOs who have their own personal opinions about birth control."

Earlier this year, the justices had tough questions for Hobby Lobby's lawyer: asking what would stop a company from denying coverage of vaccines or blood transfusions.

Currently, employers must cover contraception for women at no extra charge.

Monday is the last time the court meets before taking off for summer break.

They will also make a decision in fees paid to labor unions representing government employees by workers who do not want to belong to a union.

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