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Supreme Court sets March 25 arguments for Conestoga Wood, Hobby Lobby

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The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for March 25 on combined landmark cases involving Obamacare's contraception mandate.

One of the cases involves Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. The Lancaster County company is owned by the Hahn family, which is Mennonite and has religious objections to providing what it considers to be abortifacients, such as the morning-after pill.

The other case involves national crafting giant Hobby Lobby.

The court indicated that it will consolidate the cases, allowing one hour for oral argument.

Under the mandate, companies must include the contraceptives in their health insurance plans or face a penalty of $100 per employee per day.

According to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, 46 for-profit organizations and 45 nonprofits have filed lawsuits on the contraceptive mandate. Of the for-profit cases that have gotten rulings on merit, 33 have been granted injunctive relief from the mandate and six have had their requests for injunctions denied.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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