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Rep. Gwen Moore: Supreme Court needs to 'rule on the side of women'

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Rep. Gwen Moore said Wednesday she hopes the highest court in the land upholds an Obama administration rule that requires larger firms to insure birth control, saying secular companies cannot impose their religious views on employees who consider contraception a key part of women’s care.

“I am very confident that the Supreme Court will rule on the side of women … I mean, enough already,” Ms. Moore, Wisconsin Democrat, told MSNBC.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up a pair of cases that deal with the contraception mandate tied to Obamacare.

One is a request from the U.S. government to reconsider a lower court’s decision to grant Hobby Lobby, a crafts franchise, a reprieve from the mandate. The other is from Conestoga Wood Specialties, a Pennsylvania firm that lost its earlier bids to beat back the mandate.

“Women’s health is not some arts and craft [project],” Ms. Moore said, quipping that “no one” spends more money at crafts stores than she does.

Religiously devout business owners say the government is imposing an impossible burden by forcing them to choose between their beliefs and offering health insurance to employees. Supporters of the mandate say contraceptives are a basic component of women’s health care and that for-profit employers’ personal beliefs should not sway their business decisions.

Ms. Moore said the Obama administration already built in protections for houses of worship and an accommodation for religiously affiliated nonprofits.

“The Hobby Lobby is not one of those institutions,” she said, adding, “You don’t impose a state religion on everybody.”

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