The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby this Monday, June 30. In the ruling, owners of private companies can object on religious grounds to President Barack Obama’s health care law requiring employers to provide insurance to cover birth control for women.
The ruling passed with a narrow majority of 5-4 and a filed dissent from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The decision allows Hobby Lobby’s Christian owners to remove the four controversial contraceptive methods from their insurance plans, and this will apply to several thousands of women.
In a press release from the CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Vicki Cowart expressed disappointment over the ruling.
“Today, we are saddened that the Supreme Court has ruled against women and families, allowing certain bosses to deny their employees access to birth control coverage,” Cowart wrote. “This is a deeply disappointing verdict that will prevent some Colorado women, many working hourly wage jobs and struggling to make ends meet, from getting the birth control they need.”
This is the first time justices ruled that for-profit companies can make claims under a 1993 federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was enacted to protect religious liberty. The decision has opened debate on the legal rights of corporations.
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