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Today we're expecting to get the final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court before their term ends, and one of the big outstanding cases is whether an employer can restrict access to contraceptives that terminate a pregnancy.

Today the court will decide if a company has the same religious freedoms as individuals.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood - both owned by religious groups - argue the Affordable Care Act shouldn't force them to provide free contraceptives like plan b that can terminate a pregnancy. "It's their religious belief that that is ending a life, then the state doesn't get to second-guess that," said Chief Counsel, Judicial Crisis Network, Carrie Severino.

But the question for the Court is what to do about employees - women - whose beliefs are different. "The owner has a right to his or her religious beliefs, but that doesn't mean you get to discriminate against women if a woman have different beliefs than what the owner has," said Rep. Xavier Becerra, (D) California.

The government can fine companies with more than 50 employees that violate the health law, but Conestoga says it faces $35 million dollars a year - Hobby Lobby faces $475 million.

There are exceptions for churches and non-profits.

Today the Court is expected to decide if for-profit companies have the same protections.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

 

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