(WASHINGTON) — Companies are not required to pay for employees’ contraceptives for women if they have religious objections, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The justices’ decision came in a 5-4 ruling in the much anticipated case.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion and Ginsburg wrote the main dissent
The court holds: “As applied to closely held corporations the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate RFRA.”
Alito wrote that “RFRA applies to regulations that govern the activities of closely held for profit corporations like Conestoga and Hobby Lobby” and the “The HHS contraceptive mandate substantially burdens the exercise of religion.”
“The Government has failed to show that the contraceptive mandate is the least restrict means of furthering that interest,” according to the majority opinion.
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