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Supreme Court to hear birth control mandate case

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The birth control mandate is heading to the Supreme Court Tuesday.

Justices will decide if companies are required to provide birth control coverage for employees even if it goes against their religious beliefs.

This all stems from the Affordable Care Act which requires employers to provide health care coverage that covers all forms of contraception at no cost.

Hobby Lobby is the main company in the suit. They have insisted they should not have to pay for things like birth control because it conflict with their beliefs.

Hobby Lobby is owned by the Green family, who are devoted southern Baptists.

The Obama administration is arguing that the Religious Freedom Act does not apply to for-profit companies and says women are also entitled to protection for their freedom to choose their own health coverage.

We reached out to Hobby Lobby for a statement Monday and the lawyer representing them from the Becket Fund told us this: "The case determines whether Americans lose their religious freedom when they open a family business. The Green family did not want to be in a federal lawsuit, but they had no choice. The government forced them to choose between following their faith or an unjust mandate. That's a choice no American should have to make."

The hearing over the birth control mandate will start Tuesday in the Supreme Court. Both sides are expected to provide testimony.

A decision will not be made Tuesday. We will keep you updated when it does come down.