Supreme Court Sides with Hobby Lobby on Birth Control Battle

Published 06/30 2014 10:56AM

Updated 06/30 2014 10:50PM

(WASHINGTON) Closely held companies with religious objections, like Hobby Lobby, cannot be forced to offer certain types of birth control coverage under President Obama's health care law.

In a 5-to-4 decision Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled that some for-profit corporations have religious rights.

"Today's decision is a landmark decision for religious freedom. The Supreme Court recognized that American families do not lose their fundamental rights when they open a family business," said Lori Windham, attorney for Hobby Lobby.

The high court considered appeals from the arts-and-crafts giant and a Pennsylvania cabinet maker. Both companies argued the mandate went against their religious beliefs and opposition to abortion.

"Womens voices were heard, standing up for religious freedoms. This case is about the freedoms of all Americans, women and men, and it's something that all Americans should celebrate today," added Windham.

The decision came two years after justices narrowly upheld the Affordable Care Act.

Opponents fear the decision in favor of Hobby Lobby could lead to other health care challenges on religion grounds.

"I am extremely disappointed.  What we saw today was five male justices essentially ruled that discrimination against women is not discrimination at all.  In fact, their narrow judgement said that it's absolutely okay for bosses to make personal decisions for women about our health care," said Ilyse Hogue President, NARAL Pro Choice America.

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