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Monday, June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Rules On Birth Control, Union Dues

Members of the media are set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, June 30, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Members of the media are set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, June 30, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On their final day to release rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court justices ruled in favor of the religious rights of employers who don’t want to provide emergency contraception to employees as mandated by the Affordable Care Act, because the employers believe those forms of birth control cause abortions.

The justices also ruled in favor of health care workers who aren’t union members who care for patients in private homes in Illinois. The health care workers claimed their First Amendment rights would be violated if they are compelled to pay partial union dues.

Legal scholar Emily Bazelon discusses the rulings with Here & Now’s Robin Young. Host Jeremy Hobson also gets reaction on the union ruling from Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Henry says “they are trying to divide us and limit our power,” but added that “no court case is going to stand in the way of home-health care workers coming together.”

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