CO Politics: Hobby Lobby contraception case

KUSA - Male and female U.S. Supreme Court justices were split along gender lines in the Hobby Lobby contraception case.

Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts store chain, is the main challenger in the case against the contraception mandate

The female justices support the idea of requiring contraception coverage, while the majority of male judges remained skeptical.

Brought before the Supreme Court Tuesday, the issue is whether for-profit businesses can refuse contraception coverage, citing religious objections.

Contraception coverage is required under the Affordable Care Act.

9NEWS political reporter Brandon Rittiman spoke with our political experts on how the women's rights issues could effect party strategy in Colorado's senate race.

"They might look at [women's rights] as being so important that could sway them one way or another in an election," 9NEWS Democratic expert James Mejia said.

"This case has the potential to give Democrats more ammunition to try to press the social issues in a year that Republicans want to talk about other, more important things," 9NEWS Republican expert Ryan Frazier said.

Mejia said it shifts the focus for Democrats toward the demographic it will affect the most: young women.

"It creates the platform, regardless of which direction the Supreme Court case goes," he said.

"I think it still provides the platform for the conversation about the importance for the women's right to choose."

Churches and houses of worship are allowed a religious exception that does not require them to provide contraception coverage.

A decision on the case is expected in June.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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