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Conestoga Wood, Hobby Lobby contraceptive case gets day in court

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Lancaster County-based Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. and national crafting giant Hobby Lobby faced off against the Obama administration in the U.S. Supreme Court today in oral arguments on what promises to be a landmark case.

At issue is whether for-profit businesses have a right to religious freedom, as individuals do. The preventive care that Obamacare requires large companies to provide as part of their insurance coverage includes contraceptives that some consider abortifacients; the Hahn family that owns Conestoga is of the Mennonite faith and has a religious objection to providing them.

A transcript of this morning's 90-minute combined argument is here. A decision in the case is not expected until June.

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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