Hobby Lobby case: What birth control is affected?

Hobby Lobby case: What birth control is affected?

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Prescription contraceptives for women sit on the counter of a drug store on August 1, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Under new standards issued by the Obama administration, health insurers are required to cover all government-approved contraceptives for women, without co-payments or other charges.

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by Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY

KING5.com

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case doesn't affect the birth control methods that are most commonly used.

It doesn't affect:

  • Most birth control pills
  • Condoms
  • Sponges
  • Sterilization


It does affect:

  • Plan B "morning-after pill"
  • Ella "morning-after pill"
  • Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Copper IUDs


The companies in the case and their supporters object to intrauterine devices (IUDs) and morning-after pills, saying they cause abortions by blocking a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. Groups that lobby for reproductive rights contend the drugs and devices prevent fertilization from occurring, which can lead to unwanted pregnancies and surgical abortions.

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