- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Women do not want companies to shirk coverage of contraceptives by a margin of 59 percent to 35 percent, yet their views on the issue differ by party, ideology and religion, a top health policy expert said.

Drew Altman, CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, says white evangelical Protestants, conservatives and women who are Republican tend to support Hobby Lobby, a family-owned crafts chain whose devout Christian owners sued the Obama administration over an Obamacare mandate that required them to insure contraceptives they equate with abortion.

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court said Monday a 1993 religious-liberty law protects closely held companies like Hobby Lobby from insuring contraceptives they object to, since the government may have easier routes to insuring their employees’ contraceptives.

In a piece for the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Altman said women who are liberal, Democrats, some Protestants or Catholic are more likely to oppose Hobby Lobby’s position.

All three women on the Supreme Court dissented Monday, criticizing the majority opinion by five male justices as overly broad.