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Finding the right balance between morals and health care

Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 10:25 p.m. MDT

A woman walks from a Hobby Lobby Inc., store in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. The Oklahoma City-based chain filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday over a mandate in the health reform law that requires employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

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Former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) recently released a column for USA Today in which he described why he mostly approves of the Affordable Care Act, except for the contraception mandate.

He wrote that Congress needs to find a balance between supporting a moral decision, while also providing quality health care for Americans.

"The Affordable Care Act struck an important balance between improving health care options and respecting conscience, a moral conscience that no one can violate,” he wrote. “I urge the Supreme Court to recognize and uphold this balance.”

Contraception is at the center of the Hobby Lobby case, which should paint the future of the ACA and religious freedom in the United States, reported Mark Kellner in his article "What Hobby Lobby's case could have in store for religious freedom and ACA" for Deseret News National.

It's possible there will be "dramatic consequences for the reach of this, because there are a number of places where there are small businesses that could claim their religion requires them not to do certain things that regulatory claims would otherwise demand or vice-versa," said Robert W. Tuttle, a George Washington University Law School professor, to Deseret News National.

In his column, Stupak said he hopes congress and the Supreme Court can find the right balance for everyone.

Read the full article at usatoday.com.

Email: hscribner@deseretdigital.com

Twitter: @herbscribner

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