As The New American reported on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on June 30,
The ruling came in favor of two family-held companies — Hobby Lobby, owned by the Green family, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by the Hahn family — both of whom had said that the mandate would represent an unacceptable moral obstacle to their businesses. Both companies faced millions of dollars in fines for refusing to make available abortion-inducing contraceptive drugs to their employees. Hobby Lobby and another company owned by the Greens faced as much as $1.3 million in fines for CEO David Green's resolute refusal to bow to the mandate. "This legal challenge has always remained about one thing and one thing only," said Green when his company first filed suit to stop the mandate — "the right of our family businesses to live out our sincere and deeply held religious convictions as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution."
The majority opinion cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, asserting that the federal Department of Health and Human Services cannot force owners of Christian-based businesses to violate their convictions in order to adhere to the mandate.
The ruling was met with indignation in the White House. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest declared in response to the high court's ruling: "Today's decision jeopardizes the health of women who are employed by these companies."
Angered by the verdict, Senate Democrats announced that they would introduce a bill nicknamed "Not My Boss's Business Act," the intent of which was to restore the contraceptive mandate. However, that measure failed to garner the 60 votes needed to pass. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the Senate could vote again on the issue before the end of the year.
According to The Hill, however, the White House may now be interested in negotiating a compromise proposal that would let "nonprofits opt out of ObamaCare's contraception mandate without filing a form they say violates their religious belief."
The Hill notes,
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