“The constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office disagrees with that conclusion from the Supreme Court” in the Hobby Lobby contraceptive mandate case, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.
The court ruled that for-profit corporations cannot be forced to include contraception in insurance coverage offered to employees, because doing so violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“There is a problem that has been exposed, which is that there are now a group of women of an indeterminate size who no longer have access to free contraceptive coverage, simply because of some religious views held, not by them necessarily, but by their bosses,” said Earnest. (RELATED: GOP Cheers Hobby Lobby Decision)
Hobby Lobby sued the government for forcing them to cover possibly abortifacent drugs as part of their insurance plans, which they argued violated their consciences as Christians who believe that life begins at conception.
The drugs are still available outside of employer-provided insurance plans.