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Supreme Court Justices Hear Contraception Case

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Demonstrators on both sides of this healthcare issue are making themselves heard outside the Supreme Court.

"I came to show support for hobby lobby and religious freedom," says protestor Joe Gillin.

Protestor Nancy Margolin adds, "I am all for me being able to make my own decisions about my healthcare."

The law exempts religious non-profits, but some large for-profit companies are trying to convince the court they are entitled to an exemption too, because of their religious beliefs.

"It's our rights that are being infringed upon to require us to do something that's against our conscience."

David and Barbara Green own Hobby Lobby - a nationwide chain of craft supply stores. They say they do provide contraceptives as part of their coverage. But some forms of birth control, such as the morning after pill and IUD's go against their religious beliefs.

"They believe that these drugs could take a human life, that they would be tantamount to abortion and that's not something they can be a part of," says family attorney Lori Windham.

But supporters of the law say it protects women's healthcare choices.

"I don't need an employer coming into my exam room and telling me how to treat a patient," says Jeanne Conroy.

The outcome could turn on the views of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who voiced concerns during today's 90-minute arguments about the rights of female employees, as well as the rights of business owners. At one point he questioned what rights women would have if their employers required them to wear conservative Islamic robes. Later in the argument he seemed troubled about how the logic of the government's argument would apply to abortions. 
 
The three women on the court questioned whether blood transfusions and vaccinations would be subject to the same religious objections if the court ruled in favor of the businesses.
 
Chief Justice John Roberts at one point suggested the court could limit its ruling to apply to family owned companies.

The Obama administration and its supporters say a Supreme Court ruling in favor of the businesses also could undermine laws governing immunizations, Social Security taxes and minimum wages.

The court is expected to rule by this summer.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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